Teaching Quotes

We all love to instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing

Friday, December 16th, 2011
reading

“How hard it is in some cases to be believed! And how impossible in others!”

“But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?”

“That is a question which I hardly…”

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Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
piglet

Ira, when you skin a man, you have to let him recuperate and grow more hide – or he gets nervous. If you respect this simple rule, a real mark can be skinned over and over again, and it just keeps him healthy and productive. But…

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It would indeed be a herculean task to teach the words if the ideas did not already exist in the child’s mind

Friday, October 16th, 2009
small parts spelled with alphabet block beads

He asked me how I had taught Helen adjectives and the names of abstract ideas like goodness and happiness. These same questions had been asked me a hundred times by the learned doctors. It seems strange that people…

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Assume the child is doing his part, and that the seed you have sown will bear fruit in due time

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
puppy dozes in a hand

Since I have abandoned the idea of regular lessons, I find that Helen learns much faster. I am convinced that the time spent by the teacher in digging out of the child what she has put into him, for the sake of satisfying herself…

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