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My Favorite Education Quote

My favorite education quote comes from William Butler Yeats, who said, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." As educators we are often more concerned filling our students with facts, figures, names, dates, and theorems than we are with sparking in our students an interest in learning the subject at hand. Shame on us! Teaching is the art of imparting information. However, I think we put too much emphasis on imparting the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and ”how” of a given subject; and far too little emphasis on the why. If, while ensuring that our students have the information required to understand a subject, we manage to illicit from them the question "why," we have succeeded as teachers. If our students aren’t asking “why,” our teaching is mere ritual with no meaning.