The Monday Morning Quote #85

“The work of becoming a life long learner, thinker and evaluator can, of course, only be done by the educand.

I tell my pupils at the beginning of the lecture course to consider the following: That if at the end of the lecture I require them to remain in their seats and to listen to the same lecture again, they would be restive and bored because they have just heard it all.

But, if at the end of a lecture I ask them to stand up and deliver the lecture, they would not be able to do it.  Why not?  Because sitting and listening yields, at best, passive knowledge; giving the lecture requires active knowledge.

The latter only comes from seeking, reading, writing, discussing and reflecting through which one makes the knowledge ones own, thereby shaping it into something that truly lies at ones disposal.”


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