13 October 2008

Something to Ponder

In classical education, the teacher isn't a never-ceasing fount of information from which students continually drink up answers. Instead, the model of the classical teacher is that of leader and "disciples," meaning that the teacher and students are united together in the same task, learning an inherited body of knowledge together. "The teacher's true competence," writes classical headmaster David Hicks, "is not in his mastery of a subject, but in his ability to provoke the right questions and ...[in his] particular eagerness to explore new subjects and new ideas with his students."

-The Well-Trained Mind, page 6`5, emphasis added.

3 comments:

Karies place said...

I agree on this comment. A child is born with curiosity of life. We just need to lead them to the right sources to learn.

Karie

Keeley said...

This is all well and good, until you have a child whose idea of educational bliss is to sit in front of the TV playing video games, and who has no interest at all in asking any questions whatsoever other than "Why do I have to do this science experiment? Why do I have to read this book? Why do I have to take this test?" and so on.

*sigh* =(

I think we need to get rid of the computer and the TV. The rest of the family don't agree. It's depressing.

Ritsumei said...

Maybe instead of straight-up getting rid of them you can take 2 weeks or a month off... no screen time. It'd be hard, for sure, but it'd probably be an easier sell than getting rid of them all together. Maybe you can get Bert to pray about it with you? Do a family fast to find out what you should do?

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