My personal philosophy of education
◊ To transfer cultural knowledge from one generation to the next is a sublime and supremely important art mastered by few. Do not expect the public to know this.
◊ Teaching is a highly subversive activity. Do not expect the public to know this, either.
◊ Children are irrational, needy, and dependent. Sometimes adult learners are, too. Accept this.
◊ Teachers cannot do the learning for the students. Learners arrive at their own rate, in their own time, for their own reasons.
◊ An exam captures a moment. An education informs a lifetime. The two should not be confused.
◊ The only blank slate in the classroom is mounted on the wall.
◊ Students believe what they want to believe. To challenge their beliefs is to stimulate their growth, but remember that the only mind you can change is your own.
◊ If it’s not working, try something else.
◊ We find our way as educators when we stop teaching subjects and start teaching students.
◊ Telling is not teaching.
◊ Students will take away only what they value from their classroom experience. What they take may not be what you intended. It might not even be what you taught.
◊ Students confuse "fun" with "easy." They must be taught otherwise.
◊ As for grade entitlement -- this is not "A-Mart." The only grade anyone is entitled to without effort is an "F."
◊ The needs of the body supersede the needs of the mind. This is true for teachers as well as students.
◊ At the end of the day, shut the door. Go home.
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