Sunday, February 16, 2014
Article: On learning and it's pupils
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
It is better to teach the young how to learn rather than what to learn
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
I cannot teach anybody. I can only make them think.
Do not indoctrinate your children to your world-view. Teach them how think, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. When this is done you have taught them everything.
Education is what students teach each other between lectures and seminars
Employ your time in improving yourself through other people’s writings so that you shall learn easier from them what they have laboured so hard for.
There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lycrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir to incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.
Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of excerise; they no longer rise when their elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers