The essence of education

December 29th, 2010

As a teacher, I’ve always believed that you can’t ‘teach’ students. All you can do is help them teach themselves.

It’s a philosophy I found echoed in a passage I discovered recently, in The Wabi-Sabi House by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, a book on interior decorating of all places (albeit with a heavy dose of Japanese philosophy).

The essence of education is not to transfer knowledge; it is to guide the learning process, to put responsibility for study into the students’ own hands. It is not the piecemeal merchandising of information; it is the bestowal of keys that allow people to unlock the vault of knowledge on their own. It does not consist of pilfering the intellectual property amassed by others through no additional effort of one’s own; it would rather place people on their own path of discovery and invention.

-Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Words of wisdom that should be enshrined in every guitar dojo in the world.

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