LEARNING TO LISTEN ARIGHT

A Student of Christian Science at one time accepted a position which required teaching young children. Her fellow workers. thinking to be helpful, told her many disconcerting things about the class: that their conduct was unruly and that no one would keep the position.

The Christian Scientist became so engrossed in the picture described that she accepted it, thereby apparently making a reality of it. The result was that she found herself coping with a most disturbing discipline problem in the classroom. It became so annoying and irritating that the student was tempted to resign. Then in desperation she suggested to the class that they make up certain rules of conduct. They chose for the first one, "To listen carefully to directions and follow them." Almost immediately there was improvement and evidence of better behavior, for which the Scientist was most grateful. But the results were only temporary, and the Christian Scientist became discouraged. She asked herself: "Why have I failed? What can I do now?"

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