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Monday, January 20, 2014

Education's Emotive Needs

 Who was one of your best teachers? What made that teacher so good? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1391).

I was a student much in need of compassion. Learning and understanding did not always come easy for me. Fortunately, over the years, I have teachers who loved me. They realized that if I were to learn, I would first need to get beyond the chore of learning to accepting its passion. Then, they were generous in evaluating me. Giving me the benefit of the doubt, when there was some cause for doubt. On the other hand, the teachers I liked least were the martinets—those who propagated form over substance—where formal education came to mean abject submission to staid vacuity. The first need in education is to stir up a passion for it leaving behind rote formality that simply goes through the motions. As has been said, professors need to profess vital convictions and thereby emerge through the web of constraints constituting pedagogic lethargy.

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