Learning for Life

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“The enemy is the necessary condition for practicing patience.  Without an enemy’s action, there is no possibility for patience or tolerance to arise.  Our friends do not ordinarily test us and provide the opportunity to cultivate patience, only our enemies do this.  So, from this standpoint we can consider our enemy as a great teacher, and revere them for giving us this precious opportunity to practice patience.” ~ Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness

“Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson.  I have realized that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion.  It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards.  Never regret your past.  Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

“Let’s define dumb as being different from stupid.  Dumb means you don’t know what you’re supposed to know.  Stupid means you know it but make bad choices. […]  Dumb used to be a by-product of lack of access, bad teachers, or poor parenting.  Today, dumb is a choice, one that’s made by individuals who choose not to learn.  If you don’t know what you need to know, that’s fixable.  But first you have to want to fix it.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“If there’s information that can be written down, widespread digital access now means that just about anyone can look it up.  We don’t need a human being standing next to us to lecture us on how to find the square root of a number or sharpen an ax.  (Worth stopping for a second and reconsidering the revolutionary nature of that last sentence.)  What we do need is someone to persuade us that we want to learn those things, and someone to push us or encourage us or create a space where we want to learn to do them better.  If all the teacher is going to do is read her pre-written notes from a PowerPoint slide to a lecture hall of thirty or three hundred, perhaps she should stay home.  Not only is this a horrible disrespect to the student, it’s a complete waste of the heart and soul of the talented teacher.  Teaching is no longer about delivering facts that are unavailable in any other format.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

“We can teach people to desire lifelong learning, to express themselves, and to innovate.  And just as important, it’s vital we acknowledge that we can unteach bravery and creativity and initiative.  And that we have been doing just that.  School has become an industrialized system, working on a huge scale, that has significant by-products, including the destruction of many of the attitudes and emotions we’d like to build our culture around.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?

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