Learning To Be Sympathetic Summary
The writer had heard a great deal about Miss Beam’s school for sympathy. One day he got a chance to visit the school. There he saw a twelve-year-old girl. Her eyes were covered with a bandage. An eight-year-old boy was leading her carefully between the flower beds.
After that, the author met Miss Beam. She was middle-aged, kindly and understanding lady. He asked her about the ways of her teaching. She told him that the teaching methods in her school were very simple. The students were taught spelling, arithmetic, and writing. The author told Miss Beam that he had heard a lot about the originality of her teaching method. Miss Beam told him that the real aim of her school was to make the students thoughtful.
She wanted to make them helpful and sympathetic citizens. She added that parents sent their children to her school gladly. She then asked the writer to look out of the window.
The author looked out of the window. He saw a large garden and a playground. Many children were playing there. He told Miss Beam that he felt sorry for the physically handicapped. Miss Beam laughed at it. She explained to him that they were not really handicapped. It was the blind day for a few whiles for some it was the deaf day. There were still others for whom it was the same day. Then she explained the system. To make the students understand misfortune. The young were made to have experience of misfortune.
In the course of the term, every child had one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one maimed day and one dumb day. On a blind day, their eyes were bandaged. They did everything with the help of other children. It was educative to both the blind and the helper.
Miss Beam told the author that blind day was very difficult for the children. However, some of the children feared more to dumb day. On a dumb day, the children had to exercise will power because the mouth was not bandaged.
Miss Beam introduced the author to a girl whose eyes were bandaged. The author asked her if she ever peeped. She girl told the author that she had no idea of the difficulties of the blind. All the time she feared that she was going to hit by something. The author asked her if her guides were good to her. She replied that they were very good. She also informed the author that those who had been blind already were the best guides.
The author walked with the girl leading her to the playground. She told him that the blind day was the worst day. She did not feel so bad on the maimed day, lame day, and deaf day. The girl asked the author where they were at the moment. He told her that they were going towards the house. He also told her that Miss Beam was walking up and down the terrace with a tall girl. The blind girl asked what the tall girl was wearing. When the author told her about the tall girl’s dress. She at once made out that she was Millie. The author described the surroundings of her. He felt that as a guide to the blind, one had to be thoughtful. He was full of praise for Miss Beam’s system of education which made the students sympathetic and kind. The writer himself had become ten times more thoughtful.
Questions and Answers
Q. 1 Miss Beam’s School was an unusual school. Why?
Ans. Miss Beams school was an unusual school because unlike other schools it taught the children to be sympathetic and thoughtful human beings. In the school, every child had one blind day, one lame day, one deaf day, one maimed day and one dumb day. On a blind day, their eyes were bandaged. They did everything with the help of other children. It was educative to both the blind and the helper.
Q. 2 Why was the little boy helping the girl? How older was the girl than the boy?
Ans. He was helping the girl because her eyes were covered with a bandage. She was four years older than the boy.
Q.3 What does Miss Beam tell the visitor about the purpose of keeping a blind day and a lame day etc?
Ans. About the purpose of keeping a blind day and a lame day, Miss Beam told the visitor that the purpose is to enable the children to get a real appreciation and understanding of misfortune by participating in the blind day and lame day, etc.
Q. 4 She seems to be a hopeless cripple. Who says, about whom and where?
Ans. Miss Beam says this about a 12 twelve-year-old girl who goes about with her eyes bandaged.
Q. 5 How did the little girl feel playing the role of a blind? What does she find easier?
Ans. She felt that it was awful to be blind. One could not see anything. One felt that one is going to be hit by something every time. The other days could not be half as bad as the blind day.
Q. 6 Which of the games needed will power and why?
Ans. The dumb day needed will power because the mouths of the children could be bandaged. They had to exercise will power.
Q. 7 What lesson does text teach us?
Ans. The lesson teaches us that we should be kind, sympathetic and helpful to our suffering brothers and sisters.
Q.8 How did the visitor feel after his to the school?
Ans. The writer had become ten times more thoughtful. He could sympathize with others’ woe.
Q.11 Write ‘yes’ or ‘no’ against each statement below.
1. The visitor had no knowledge of the school until he visited it…….
2. Miss Beam taught children to be kind to the needy……….
3. The little boy who was helping the girl walk was eighty years old……….
4. The children felt angry and cheated on playing different roles……..
5. The girl considered the blind day the most difficult……..
6. Millie and Beryl were two teachers to the little girl……
7. The visitor himself felt changed after visiting the school……
1. Yes, 2. Yes, 3. Yes, 4. No, 5. Yes, 6. No 7. Yes