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Question Re: Teaching Students Who Don’t Want to Learn

Seems a bit superficial, but evidently some people have found this message useful. Few doubt that convinction and substance matter and Emerson remarked "the secret of education is respecting the student" over 150 years ago. Patience matters and great teachers might never give up the struggle to expand knowledge, but real world factors often overwhelm both students and teachers. Boosterism has a place, but dogmatism seldom works - even if given with the best intentions.

Educators, it seems to me, should remember Aristotle's analysis in mind: "Education is an ornament in prosperity, and a refuge in adversity."


"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity."
Aristotle, 4th Century BCE, Greek philosopher