Speak Your Mind: Appreciating People Who Teach Things
Do you smell that? Take a big whiff. You know what that is? It’s freshly sharpened pencils, because it’s back to school time.
What’s that? Oh, everyone takes notes on their iPads nowadays? Huh. Must just all be in my head. But you guys still have teachers, right? Teachers who teach things?
These past few months has really driven home for me what a privilege it is to work with a good teacher. Teaching myself physics after a 10 year break has been challenging, and I don’t think I would have been able get as far as I have without a lot of help. To say that having someone at hand to answer specific questions and work through problems is helpful is an understatement. It’s essential. A textbook is great, but it’s no substitute for someone who knows what they are talking about.
I’ve been through many teachers in my lifetime. Some were really excellent – like my high school debate coach and my undergraduate Constitutional law professor – and others, well, weren’t. But those teachers I loved made a big impact on my life and gave me the confidence to know that I could learn whatever I wanted. That’s pretty significant.
Who are those teachers for you? Do or did you have a teacher who instilled in you a life-long love of learning?
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