Do teachers and students get to know and appreciate one another as individuals?
Do we maintain a challenging and vigorous learning environment?
Do we help imagination and creativity take flight?
Do we let learning change both our minds and our lives?
“Rabbi Tarfon sat conversing on serious matters with other learned men in a house of Ludd. The question was raised: ‘Which is more important – learning or action?’
Rabbi Tarfon replied, ‘Action is more important. Of what earthly use are fine words and preachments unless they are put into practice?’
Rabbi Akiba upheld the contrary viewpoint ‘Learning is more important,’ he said.
The sages finally concluded that both were right. ‘Learning is more important when it leads to action,’ they declared.”Jewish folklore
“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”Marcel Proust
“A teacher translates the rudiments of hope, will, purpose and competence [and] conveys logic much beyond the literal meaning of the words s/he teaches and outlines a particular world image and style of fellowship.”Erik Erikson [Paul A. Lacey p 79]
“Formal education is only a jumping-off point for a lifetime of learning and doing, and what concerns good schools and good teachers is how students apply the learning they acquire to living their lives.”Robert Lawrence Smith