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How Children Learn

Sunder And Sonati

The performing monkey
At the circus
Watches its trainer's face
For cues
As it taps out the answer
2 + 3
What's 2 + 3, Jimmy?
Tap tap tap tap
Tap
An imperceptible nod of the head
Is enough
For the tapping to stop
At the right answer:
A round of applause

2 + 3, children?
The teacher asks
Who can tell me
What is 2 + 3?
Hands are raised
Four?
A slight frown
Six?
An imperceptible shake of the head
Five?
A smile and a nod
Five five five five five
A rousing chorus of fives