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Quotes of the Day for 2 September 2004 – Teachers

Back to School Week continues at Quotes of the Day. It takes quite a few folks playing different roles to provide a good education. For example, librarians and administrators, not to mention the long-suffering janitors. (Personally, I remember spending a lot of time with the school shrink.) But the heart of the matter comes down to that one person at the front of the class: the Teacher.

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The quotes:

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.
     - Horace Mann, 1796 - 1859

The close observer soon discovers that the teacher's task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination, and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning.
     - Nathan M. Pusey, 1907 - 2001

The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared ... to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society.
     - Shirley Mount Hufstedler

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple.
     - Amos Bronson Alcott, 1799 - 1888

An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
     - Carl Gustav Jung, 1875 - 1961

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
     - Henry Brooks Adams, 1838 - 1918


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