A little teacher in us all.

No matter if you are a trained teacher or not you will experience teaching. Maybe you help a child tie their shoes, train a co-worker a new task or speak openly about challenging times.  Each encounter strives to communicate and shed light on knowledge.  I find Tsunesaburo Makiguchi‘s words on education extremely inspiring.

The essence of education is not to transfer knowledge; it is to guide the learning process, to put responsibility for study into the students’ hands. It is the bestowal of keys that allow people to unlock the vault of knowledge on their own. It does not consist of pilfering the intellectual property amassed by others through no additional effort of one’s own; it would rather place people on their own path of discovery and invention.

As one of my favorite teachers, Lori Tindall, says, “teaching is like being an usher…you hold the light so others can see.”

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