Something Important

“The single most important thing we can do is educate our children well…”

“I’m sorry I missed your class last week sir; I had something important to do.”
One of my students.


Today’s test:

Good morning class; today I want you to consider what school is really about and we will start with a test: you need to get at least sixty percent to pass and anyone discovered copying and pasting from the Web will fail.

What do you want to know?

What do you think that you need to know?

What is “knowing”?

How do you learn?

What blocks you from learning?

In what circumstances do you learn the most and why?

Do you consider learning work?

What is the role of school?

In what conditions do you feel that you learn in a class?

In what conditions do you feel that you don’t learn in a class?

In what conditions do you feel that you learn outside class?

What support do you need in order to learn?

Do you learn better alone or with others?

What is education?


Where did you acquire the knowledge that you have and what moments of learning rest in your mind? Which learning has proved to be the most central and useful to your life? What memories does school leave you with? Which teachers left their mark (not just with a cane!)? If learning is so important to society, why is the profession of teaching not more valued or respected?:

“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”(Aristotle)

“Those who can, do, those who can’t teach and those who can’t teach, teach sport” (Woody Allen)


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