Thursday, March 04, 2010

A Humbling Thought for Teachers,
But a Good Reminder for Mentors

'You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it in himself.'
--Galileo Galilei

10 Comments:

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Kass said...

Goes along with this anonymous quote:
"You can only teach an equal."

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks.

 
At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.

"You can only teach an equal."

That is one of the most powerful things I have ever read. It speaks VOLUMES.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Learning is remembering what we already know. :)

(paraphrased from my cherished Richard Bach's Illusions book)

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I'm not familiar with Bach or that book, Kim. What makes you cherish it so much (and I've always cherished the word "cherish." To me, it signals so much more than even love or affection).

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Richard Bach is of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" fame, but Illusions is my favorite book of his.

Here is another example: You teach best what you most need to learn. And my favorite: "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly."

 
At 3:21 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Ah, now there's something I'm familiar with. Thanks for enlightening me, Kim. This favorite of yours reminds me a little of one of my favorite novels: Something Happened, by Joseph Heller. Though he's famous for Catch-22, I think the former book is his real masterpiece. Anyone else read it? If not, I can't recommend it highly enough.

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Funny - I tell a group of 6th grade boys this all the time - "I can't make you learn to read - you have to want it too - then I can help you."

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I think that notion should be tripled or quadrupled for sixth grade boys.

 
At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Islam Forum Blog said...

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