I think best when I am walking around. I think free when I am talking aloud. Unless I hear myself saying it out loud, I am not sure about what I am thinking. So as I take a Stroll around the lawn, if you were with me, I would be telling you about this today.In a series of lectures that I am attending, I realized something very very important. The importance of good Teachers! Good Teachers make all the Difference. I am Biologist because my biology teacher was good (well, I have to take a second here to also tell you how amazing my Chemistry teacher was and how it is because of her that I can claim to ‘think’ at all). Teachers are such a huge influence!
“You can’t stop a teacher when they want to do something. They just do it.” – J.D. Salinger
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
“The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity.” – Robert Brault
All of these acclaimed authors talk about the importance of teachers…And rightly so. From identifying the strengths of a student and encouraging them to do better to realizing the weaknesses and helping them get over it, teachers have huge roles to play. And it hurts when some people stand in front of a class and fail miserably at it. Today I am on the other side; I am sitting in a class…fortunately I am familiar with what is being taught. And I am not a student either! But what is being taught is not CORRECT! And I know that because I know what IS. In the interest of the students who are here to learn, do I challenge what is being said in class? Or in the interest of mutual respect, do I keep shut?
I am upset because I want to challenge the opinion and I want to tell the person that it’s not right to claim things that are not mentioned anywhere in the literature. It is one thing to speculate about things but it has to be mentioned as an opinion and not as the ‘Word of God‘ or ‘Discovery of the Century‘! I am upset because these students will walk out of this class and walk out with ‘wrong’ information…And that just isn’t ‘right’, right?
When I leave a classroom, I want to leave with two thoughts in my head. One thought is about the subject, about the information that was given to me through a lecture. The other more important thought is to think how amazing the subject itself is and to want to know more. I think the second thought is more important because if you have that, you are inspired enough to read/listen/learn about it. It is the same as teaching how to fish and feeding a man for lifetime.
‘Inspiration’ is the start of Curiosity and later, to Careers and Successes and Recognition…
At this point, I would have asked you who inspired you the most in your life and which teacher you would remember forever for his/her contribution to your life. What would you have said?