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A Quote by Paulo Coelho on teachers, students, and symbols

Everyone's looking for the perfect teacher, but although their teachings might be divine, teachers are all too human, and that's something people find hard to accept.  Don't confuse the teacher with the lesson, the ritual with the ecstasy, the transmitter of the symbol with the symbol itself.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 11

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by unknown on learning, students, and mind

Be a life long learner, not a life long student. You can't rob the world of your mind.

unknown

Source: John Moore

Contributed by: Monny

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, students, thinking, belief, dogmatism, orthodoxy, reasoning, enlightenment, values, principles, and culture

How many students who make it into the liberal arts and into philosophy classes still only manage to comprehend the content of these courses dogmatically, as simplisms to "believe"? Instead of grasping principles and values and an aristic ethos of clarity, they still only hear what pleases and flatters them: they grasp in Socrates or Plato the "countercultural" overtones that enable them to shower abuse on the diseased culture of their parents or peers, but they don't grasp at all the overwhelming obligation for themselves not to lie in orthodoxy's bed of sloth. They substitute, as opinionizers and slaves will do, one orthodoxy for another, imagining that the processes of "enlightenment" will change only the matter they think about and not the form of their own activity in reasoning. 

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Bill Gates on workforce, education, students, science, technology, career, and business

Like many others, I have deep misgivings about the state of education in the United States. Too many of our students fail to graduate from high school with the basic skills they will need to succeed in the 21st Century economy, much less prepared for the rigors of college and career. Although our top universities continue to rank among the best in the world, too few American students are pursuing degrees in science and technology. Compounding this problem is our failure to provide sufficient training for those already in the workforce.

Bill Gates

Source: Written testimony of Bill Gates before Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives: http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=27

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, education, teaching, students, and passion

There is a form of poetic and esthetic and moral genius necessary to make philosophical issues truly incandesce for students, and even though I indeed had some world-class professors myself when I went through the curriculum, I rarely saw such gnosic or concretist/poetic passion among them.  I am not speaking of broad histrionics or melodramatic delivery, but rather a moral investment of concern, of loving delight and pathos in exposing one's consciousness to the full horrific and magnificent implications of the materials.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, mastery, belief, education, teaching, and students

It is not enough to say that a philosophy teacher presents students with counterpoint to their customary ways of seeing things.  A teacher in philosophy is not necessarily very profoundly philosophical for that reason, nor need he or she be.  The teacher may be only a few leagues ahead of the students, and may frequently find that a superbright student will tax his or her supposed mastery of the issues.  To be honest about these relations and difficulties, I have always assumed that as a professor I was no more than an exemplary student, and "mastery" was merely a way of gaining momentum, not declaring the race was over.  Self-mastery in philosophy is how one orchestrates the energies to be able to dislodge really prodigious monolithic belief-systems.  It is by no means any kind of self-congratulation. 

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, teaching, students, principles, and values

It is not the business of a teacher in philosophy to "confuse" students any more than it is to "resolve" their confusions.  It is his business to explain in broad metaphysical and moral terms the difference between the kinds of factors in our lives that serve as raw material and the kinds of factors that act as organizing forms.  A course in philosophy raises on this basis issues that students ought to trouble themselves to evaluate on their own:  is this something matter or form, does it tend toward chaos or toward cosmos?  If I try to deploy this as a principle or concept or value, what will the teleology of this attempt turn up--an organismic system, an accomplishment of harmonic order, or a self-conflicted and incoherent contrivance that defeats the criteria of the mind?

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, students, suffering, thinking, clarity, teaching, ideas, freedom, sympathy, education, and conviction

Because of the very intimate character of philosophical norms and criticisms, a teacher in philosophy has to be like Alexander the Great:  never issuing dictates as to what his soldiers ought to do that he was not ready and willing to leap into doing himself.  An excellent teacher is one accomplished in serving as an exemplar, every act of every kind of thinking and every form of perspective must be something he is prepared to illustrate by carrying out himself.  Students need to see the incandescent arc-welding that joins ideas together into thoughts.  If one is saying something that inflicts suffering, one by all rights had better be prepared to suffer along with the student, to sympathize and assure them that the profit for this agony consists in freedom and clarity. 

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on rich, riches, students, sacrifice, and patience

Students of cunning have consumed their hearts and learned only tricks; they've thrown away real riches: patience, self-sacrifice, generosity. Rich thought opens the way.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Essential Rumi

Contributed by: Obi

A Quote by Wayne W. Dyer on inspiration, energy, individual, desire, life, students, teachers, inspirational energy, and spiritual learner

Chapter 11: Being an inspiration for others

Just as we're all students throughout life, we're all teachers. In fact, we learn best by offering what we desire for ourselves to as many individuals as we can, as frequently as we can.....Following this line of thinking, it's imperative that we make deliberate effort to increase our inspirational energy, as this will lead us to being both a spiritual learner and teacher simultaneously.

Wayne W. Dyer

Source: Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, Pages: 143

Contributed by: Mizou

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