Teacher and student reading together
Teaching

Great teachers need great students

Great teachers need great students. Those who will not learn, or who can not learn, who lack curiosity and openness to new ways of seeing the world and new ways of understanding, cannot be taught. Sadly, they lack potential to live creative lives, and consequently they find themselves destined to live only for someone else’s profit.

Those without the capacity for learning can live only as consumers, never producers. They become the unsuspecting prey of the profiteers, and just as teachers need students, profiteers need consumers. But both the predator and the prey fall helplessly into the mutually demeaning cycles of consumption. Both are ensnared in the unforgiving nets of economic exchange, always desirous of more and more and more. Neither ever sees beyond the next purchase, the big sale, more gratification for hungry souls. They never stop to watch the snow melting into fields of flowers and roaring waterfalls.

But great teachers lead their students into new fields to stand beneath rushing waters and to feel the possibilities of the worlds they inhabit.

Teacher and student reading together
Teacher and student reading together (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy, courtesy Schriever Air Force Base — VIRIN: 180927-F-NM764-1786.JPG)

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