The Pygmalion Effect and how it's harming our kids

This one little thing could be the difference between a students success or failure.



There was an interesting study they did with teachers and students

00:04 where what they would do is there were certain students that weren't performing

00:07 well and they were trying to demonstrate the effect that expectation has on a

00:11 student's performance so what they did is the students they completed the test and

00:15 then the obviously the people doing the study would tell the teacher that

00:20 certain students did really well so then what happened is because the

00:25 expectation of the teachers improved and thought that that student is going to do

00:29 well then that student actually did well so the influence a teacher can have

00:34 on a child is huge.

00:45 My father taught me one of the things many things he taught me

00:48 that in everything you do in life if you can get a sense of accomplishment

00:53 you'll get a level of satisfaction and you'll feel good about yourself. It's all

00:57 about it self-worth and it links into resilience but you can get that from

01:03 doing a menial job like vacuuming the carpet. If you say I'm

01:07 going to do it and I'm going to do it well and you do it and you look back and say oh it's

01:12 great. You can feel a sense of accomplishment or achievement.

01:16 For people who undertake a course of study I always feel a little sad for

01:23 those who don't complete the course and I know in accounting there used to be one

01:28 paper that was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back. It was called

01:33 auditing and there was a whole lot of people who did accounting but never

01:38 passed that one paper for auditing and therefore never qualified.

01:43 Of course what they come away with is a little bit of a chip on their shoulder.

01:49 I know auditing was not easy and it was a bit repetitive and boring.

01:55 But you know if you break all these things down they're achievable. You just you know

02:01 put a little bit more effort and you never give up.

02:05 It's that sense of determination you've got the resilience

02:11 you're going to achieve no matter what obstacles you put in place or put in

02:17 place for you. You probably do put them but there's sometimes other

02:21 people help along the way. One of the things I noticed when I was teaching as

02:27 I did I taught accounting on a part-time basis at Auckland University

02:31 for in excess of 20 years and I really enjoyed teaching mature students because

02:38 these were people often told they weren't good enough or confident enough

02:44 to go to university to do a degree. But now are coming back later in life and doing

02:50 one of the more difficult subjects, one of the less exciting subjects if you

02:57 think accounting is not particularly exciting. To me I look at a little bit

03:01 differently because accounting opens up a whole world of information about how

03:07 businesses work, how money works, and you know to a certain extent

03:15 they're saying that money makes the world go round is actually true because

03:19 money does actually give people choices to do the things they want to do when

03:24 they want to do them. But with these mature students you know it's was amazing the

03:32 results that they would achieve they were getting A's when they would have

03:36 been written off as younger people as not being bright enough or smart

03:42 enough to achieve. The reason they were getting A's is they were doing what they

03:47 wanted to do you know they had a sense of purpose and providing I as a teacher

03:53 could communicate to them in a meaningful way because that was one of

03:59 the challenges because not everyone understands things in the same way so

04:05 you have to vary your teaching skill or your communication skills till you

04:11 see that the light goes on and I suppose that's a little bit about

04:15 what we do in financial planning when we are sitting down with

04:19 someone and listening to what it is that they want to achieve out of life, looking

04:24 at what resources they've got to do it, and you're giving them a scenario where

04:31 they can achieve those arrangements and it involves because these are

04:36 financial matters involved spending less than what they earn saving in a

04:41 cost-effective way accumulating and protecting capital to give them the

04:46 ability when they stop paid employment that their money will work for them as

04:52 opposed to them working for the money. That is to say that they can use the

04:59 income and growth from their investment to fund or cash flow their retirement

05:05 lifestyle. The financial gap and that's a there's an interesting study

05:10 they did with them with teachers and students where whether it do is there's

05:15 certain students they weren't performing well and now trying to demonstrate the

05:18 effect that expectation has on a student's performance so what they did

05:21 is the students they completed the test and then the obviously the people doing

05:27 the study would tell the teacher that since students it really well so then

05:32 what happened is because the the expectation of the teachers improved and

05:37 thought that that student is going to do well then that's your name she did well

05:41 so the influence a teacher can have on a child is huge