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the student has become the teacher

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classroomthere’s this quote i read the other day and i really liked it:

“Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.” – George Iles

i thought about it and i realized why i like this quote so much.  i really don’t like people who think they’ve learned all they need to learn.  or at least give off the impression that they can only teach now and are always in an authoritative role over anyone and everyone.  my favorite professors have been the ones that learn as much from students as we do from them.  there’s something so much more respectable about a professor who says to a student, “i’ve never thought about it that way,” or “i’m not sure, i’ll have to look that one up.”  i admire teachers and professors, or anyone for that matter, who are vulnerable enough with their students or subordinates to let them know that they don’t have all the answers.  it’s very comforting to me.  maybe for some people they want an authoritative figure that can answer all their questions, but i like the vulnerable side of authority.  servant leadership is what i think they call it sometimes.

i’ve realized that there are people in my life that just don’t have that teachable spirit.  and i think it’s kinda sad.  sad that they seem to refuse to be taught and sad that they don’t seem to want to learn anymore cause there’s just so much out there to experience and learn.  and yet, in my sadness, i’m also angry.  angry that people could be so close-minded and so focused on being the one at the top that looks down on everyone else.  dah!  so much respect lost for those people.


Written by enoch

April 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

Posted in social observation

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  1. i like those profs too 🙂 they’re more approachable and their humility/vulnerability make me think that we’re all in the same boat learning stuff together.


    April 30, 2009 at 11:17 am

  2. Hey! I’m writing a song right now called, “I’m still learning.” Cooool~


    April 30, 2009 at 11:27 am

  3. i think i’m kinda like that. the punk kid who thinks he knows everything. working on it though…

    There’s a certain kind of meekness that comes with a wealth of knowledge. The greatest of scholars have this similar aura of humility that they share with the greatest of saints. i suppose it comes from the continual experience of staring deeply into something or someone totally beyond them.

    the know it all’s, don’t actually know it all. 😛


    April 30, 2009 at 11:47 pm

  4. But what if it’s someone who is so smart that he can only be self-taught? Like Einstein. At some point in his career, Einstein had to be like that…


    May 1, 2009 at 12:21 am

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