Tagged: philosophy

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Teacher

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time – years actually. Finally, here in the airport with time to kill and waiting for my flight “home” to Canada, I have the time and motivation. Teaching English as a “profession” and living in...

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Recently, S. Korea announced that despite all the hostilities and tension with N. Korea, they would deliver food aid to the flood ravaged nation. (see AP article here.) This got me thinking about my own views on food and then knowledge. You see, I’ve always,...

Chopping Wood (as a metaphor)

I’m returning to my home and native land Canada in a few weeks and I’ve been thinking incessantly about “chopping wood”. Chopping wood isn’t easy! Most city folk who try it, look like bumbling fools. Even if they manage to do okay, they last only...

Teaching is ….

This is an abridged version of my closing graduation speech I recently gave (and blogged about) where I work. Words to those entering the teaching profession. Something more heartfelt and personal. Sorry for the bad audio but I did this in one take and without...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teacher

“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” It is that time of year, time to say good bye. Time to close books and put away pencils and go on our way towards that “next thing”. End...

Education by Lottery – right or wrong?

Last week I watched this 60 minutes episode about “lucky” kids winning paid boarding school education. Education by lottery. I don’t know why but I found it deeply disturbing. So disturbing, I just couldn’t even write about it. So I let it fester and digest...

#1…..(blog post for educators)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. How to Prevent Another Leonardo da Vinci This post, written by a high school student (!!!!) says it all. How education, schools, teachers, the system fails students. Written in the form of a series...

“Sowers of Seeds” – a spring message

Spring is here in this part of the world. Hope rings eternal. I call it “the filling”. The world replenishes itself and begins the cycle of rebirth. ┬áIn a very significant way – teaching is this same “planting of seeds” and nurturing of the gift...

The Tao of Teaching

Over the last year – I’ve enjoyed reflecting on “teaching” through my forum collection, “The Tao of Teaching”.Now, you can get everything as a presentation for easy browsing. Hope you enjoy and please comment on the forum and add your own thoughts! Full Screen

The “subversive” teacher

Are you a subversive teacher? A teacher is that rare individual who coaxes the existing knowledge systems of his students out of hiding, drags every last tentacle of the monster from the depths into broad daylight, hoses off the slime, wrestles it to the ground...

Philosophies of Education….

Sooner or later, every teacher who is around long enough, will be required to submit/produce/write up, their philosophy of education. I really think it invaluable to make this “thought visible”. The process itself helps to solidify your already held beliefs and give you some “clear...

What is “education” all about?

Lately, I’ve been “evaluating” a lot of teachers for the new “Teaching English in English – TET program. Been rather frustrated along with many teachers and I really needed some inspiration today. I got it in this STERLING essay by a Korean writer. He really...

The Objective of Education is……

I usually stay on topic but more and more lately, I’m becoming a bit of a preacher in my workshops and lectures. It happened today and so I thought I’d share a bit about my philosophy of education and what I think is paramount for...

Educational Bliss

Educational Bliss

“Every journey begins with the first step” I really truly, madly deeply, believe in the power of education. Not as a way to knowledge but wisdom — as a way of forming a proper relationship between yourself and that “outside”. Tat tvam asi” , the...

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