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Never Judge a Book by its Cover

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on 8 October 2013

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Transcript of Never Judge a Book by its Cover

This assembly today is all about how we shouldn't think badly about people just because of the way they look
It’s not very nice to think certain things about people just because of what’s on the outside – like that demonstration shows, you need to know about the person on the inside, and you might find you really like them!
Think about these questions...
When you meet someone for the first time do you judge them on first appearances?
How long does it take you before you form an accurate impression of someone?
Can you tell whether a person is kind just by looking at them?
Were your first impressions changed after you heard Susan sing?
Here are some comments from others after the show:
‘Never judge a book by its cover’,
Sheer brilliance... amazing.... simply amazing...

It will teach us all not to be so judgemental - including Simon!
She was not wearing fashionable clothes or sporting a modern hairstyle. As we saw her for the first time I am sure we all began to make assumptions about her. The crowd sniggered as Simon Cowell began asking her why her ambition to be a professional singer had not worked out so far. Susan Boyle reported later, ‘I knew what they were thinking and I knew that they were laughing at me. But I thought, well, they’ll soon shut up when they hear me sing. And they did’.
In our society today...
...we seem to make a lot of judgements based on first appearances!

We look at someone and decide that they are good or bad, boring or exciting, rich or poor, a bully or easily bullied and so on just on the basis of how they look.

Think about the last person you met for the first time – it could be someone new to your class or your neighbourhood.
How did you react when you saw them for the first time – what thoughts about them went through your head? Like Susan, did they read our reactions?

We usually look only at the cover and not at the contents.
Why is this?
'Never Judge a Book by its Cover'
Often we do judge people when we first meet them.
Often we do judge people when we first meet them.
A good example of how wrong we can be occurred on a series of Britain’s Got Talent. We saw an unmarried Scottish lady of 47 years of age called Susan Boyle come onto the stage to talk to Simon Cowell before she sang ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables.
To conclude
So like the judges on Britain’s Got Talent we should always try to be aware of our in built tendencies to judge on first impressions and make assumptions of people based on stereotypes. Try to get to know new people a little bit more. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Why don't you talk to someone today that you may not necessarily talk to any other day. Get to know them a little before judging them straight away, you never know, they may become a new friend!
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