by Joy Jones
behave in the nice, obedient way one would wish. There’s
a good reason for that, although it’s hard to appreciate
it when they are challenging you in class. Here are my
thoughts on this phenomenon, taken from my book, Private
Lessons: A Book of Meditations for Teachers.
"It is important that students bring a certain
ragamuffin barefoot irreverence to their studies; they
are not here to worship what is known, but to question
-- Jacob Bronowski
You think you know a lot of things; and you probably
do. The tricky part is that some of what you know to be
true is false. At one time medical science “knew” that
using leeches for blood-letting was a good cure. At one
time, teachers “knew” that rote memorization was the
best technique for learning. At one time, everybody
“knew” that the world was flat.
At some level, your students know that some of what you
are teaching them is not true. And much of what may be
truth now won’t remain true tomorrow.
Today’s lesson: The truth is born in inquiring minds.