What Is It to Be Educated? (Classic Reprint)by C. Hanford Henderson
Fortunately, perhaps, the teacher, in spite of his marked limitations, has one signal advantage over par ents in general. He makes as serious blunders as they do, but unlike them, he has a chance to correct his blun ders, since he has an endless procession of new children to experiment upon. A man is not dull because he makes
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Fortunately, perhaps, the teacher, in spite of his marked limitations, has one signal advantage over par ents in general. He makes as serious blunders as they do, but unlike them, he has a chance to correct his blun ders, since he has an endless procession of new children to experiment upon. A man is not dull because he makes mistakes, but only when he makes the same mis take twice. I recall, with humility, my own first year of teaching. I did the thing so very badly that I was several times tempted to resign and to give some more competent man a chance. Only the sympathy and for bearance of an older headmaster kept me from doing so. Even now, I find after many years of actual teach ing work that it is an experience of mixed pleasure and discipline. In the long vacation, when my boys have all left me, and I sit alone before my big fireplace, brooding, I find myself keen to push aside the intervening months, to have it term-time once more, to start afresh, to do the thing infinitely better than I have just succeeded in doing it. I suppose that the parents who have many children have a similar chance to correct their first mistakes and to give the younger child a better up bringing. And perhaps all parents who are faithful, and have tried, will have in another incarnation a chance to start afresh and to do it better!
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