Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favour of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position. – Bertrand Russell

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41 thoughts on “…on being a teacher…

  1. I do agree sometimes with teachers just not to get in trouble, but with some teachers i like talking to them and speaking whats on my mind about the topic or anything else.

  2. S0 THAT MEANS THAT D0 y00H AGREE WiTH THE TEACHER BECAUSE THEy ARE THE TEACHER N0 S0METiiMES ii FiiGHT BACK BUT ii DNT D0 iiT iiN A RESPCTFUL WAy THATS WHy ii AM ALWAyZ GETTiiN iiN TR0UBLE. MAByE iF ii g0 AND TALK T0 DEM iNSTEAD 0F JUS yELLiiN 0UT ii WiiLL GET THR0UGH..S0 N0 i DNT ALWAyZ AGrEE WiTH THE TEACHER BECAUSE THEY ARE THE TEACHER! THATS JUS My p0iNT 0F ViEW!

  3. I donno what to say-_-” i dont normally talk to teachers cause they have there problems and we have ours ( no offence in anyway shape or form) and im not very social around teachers ill probably just say a few sentances and thats it…

  4. I’m not exactly the kind of person to question everything aloud…I just wonder about it in my head…I guess I’m just afraid to speak what I want to say,because I don’t want to be sent out of the room or anything…X3

  5. well. Me If I Have Something To Say To The Teachers..I’ll Say it, And I Don’t Think That You Can Get In TroublE For Saying What YoU thINK

  6. I agree with the teacher so i wont be in trouble i think there are some teachers that i can trust and have a conversation with because those teachers feel like friends however the teachers that i feel comftrable with arent strict and they look at us not as little kids but also as a friend. wow…this…is..long lol

  7. i agree because sometimes you just can’t talk to a teacher because you think you will get in trouble

  8. THAT IS A VERY NICE QUOTE. I THINK THERE ARE SOME TEACHERS THAT YOU CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH.

  9. i like this quote because as you read the quote you REALLY start thinking about what it’s actually saying. I think that we SHOULD listen to TEACHERS and be respectful, but we SHOULDN’T listen and agree just to please them. we have the right to our own opinions as well as teachers do….

  10. this reminds me of my mom and i. she says that i`m always wrong because i`m the daughter and she`s the mother.. anyway .. i agree with the quote.. sometimes you could actually conversate with teachers.

  11. ii DNT THiiNK THAT JUS BECAuSE THE TEACHER iiS MORE EDUCATED THEN THE STuDENT MEANS THAT THEy ARE MoRE SUPERiiOR iiT JUST MEANS THAT THEy KNO ALiiTTLE MORE THAN THE STUDENT ANd THAT WHY THEy ARE HERE 2 EDUCaTED US…..JUS BECAUSE THE TEAcHER iiS TEACHiiNG THE STUDeNT DOESn TMEAN THAT THEy ARe RiiGHT THE STuDENT HAS A RiiGHT TO DiiSAGREE OR STATE THEiiR OPiiNiiON ON THE SiiTUATiiON …..HOW THEY FeeL iiS JUS HOW THEy FEEl…THE PUPiiL SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE AN iiNTELLiiGENT [CONVO] WiiTH THE TEACHER AN NOT BE CORRECTED ON HOW THEy FEEl

  12. it is true that some of the students are afraid to talk to a teacher… but it depends how the teachers attitude is. if the teacher is mean or harsh, not many people will engage in a conversation with him/her. if it is the opposite, or the teacher doesn’t have a rotten attitude, then students are more likely to talk to the teacher.

    that’s what i think.

  13. ….i REALLy THiNK M0ST TEACHERS ARE liKE KN0W-iT-ALLS[ THEy ARE THE TEACHERS TH0UGH] BUT WHEN WE CATCH THEM 0FF GUARD …0R C0RRECT s0me mIstaKE THAT THEy’D MADE..[THEy D0N’T WANNA HEAR iT]…BUT S0METiMES i’D “CALL THEM 0UT…”..BUT M0ST KiDS JUST G0 AL0NG WiTH WHAT TEACHER W0ULD SAy[ i KN0W i D0 MOS 0F THE TiME]..BUT WHEN THEy ARE LiKE SERi0USLy WR0NG…iLL DiSAGREE…..IT MAy SEEM SHALL0W….BUT i FEEL THE SAME WAy….

  14. Like certain teachers, anytime you ask them a question they says stop talking (they’re good teachers&all, but one-sided

  15. yes i think that this quote is VERY TRUE.i do think that we can talk to the teachers about anything.! even though you might have one special teacher just let them know how you fell. let them know what is bugging you how is bugging you..just let them know.even though you havent told anybody else ust let them know.
    geovana

  16. I like reading that some of you are seriously thinking about what this quote says. I was a student in school who never questioned the teacher. My dad was a teacher, and I was always taught that the teacher was right. However, when I entered Jr. College. . . my first semester their I had an English teacher that was the epitome of EVIL. I questioned him. I went to his office and questioned some of the things he was teaching in an English class. Finally, he got so fed up with me, he told me that I did NOT belong in college I needed to go flip burgers somewhere. Well, needless to say – I dropped his class.
    So if you have a question – don’t be afraid to talk to the teacher, just be respectful and they will listen. I know I will. = }

  17. OH WENDY!

    That reminds me of the college professor who told me I should never, in any way, ever be a teacher. That I was wasting his time. That I was not special.

    I’m still looking for him.

  18. I had a professor tell me that also. She was HORRID. She was the one in charge of ALL student teachers and would show up at your site unannounced, walk into where you were teaching, take you outside and tell you how horrible you were and other mean things and then wanted to stay around to watch you teach a lesson. She told me that if I became a teacher I would be depriving students of a year of their education. She refused to give me my credential – so I went over her head! I have my credential and as far as I know – I have not set any students back a year. I have no idea where she is now.

  19. i think this quote makes sense and i f i ever have anything to share with a teacher i will

  20. i usually do things my way. sometimes i don’t agree 2 most things that the teachers say. but i guess 4rom time 2 time i agree wit the teacher only when i feel like it or when sumthing important cums up like tests and quizzes.

  21. dis does have a point to it..its true nd all buh i think dat sometimes teachers have good points of view as well as the students. it doesn`t mean dat the teachers are somewhat better they juss know alot more den us students..nd some people have different perspectives on things dat some people dnt see..dat`s all

  22. no i am not scared but sometimes in order for things to go your way you have to seem smaller than the master i learned that in a book and when the time is right i speak my mind

  23. Yes, sometimes i think that teachers are always doing there job or what they are suppose to do. but in another case no i dont think that teachers treat us all the same. yes i understand that there might be a teacher pet but you dont have to treat us all different.we are all human beens..(spelt it wrong)i just think that we need to be treated the same.

  24. well i don`t always agree with what my teachers say.. but i don`t get this quote..

  25. well..yeah some teachers are sort of hard to talk to, but not all teachers are like that. Some tecahers are very understanding, or at least they try to understand. Some teachers i just can’t take cuz’ they’re so mean, and they make it seem like they don’t care.

    ——>blessie

  26. ♥i think that s0me teachers r kool, buh some teachers don’t teach us n/e thing…….”bookworms”…some think that they are always rite….like in the movie matilda, mrs.trunchbull says ” im big n ur small, im rite n ur wrong n thurs nuthin u can do about it!” i hate that. buh life goes on!!!♥
    _Much Luv_
    ~Kenisha

  27. I usually would go and ask a teacher if i ever needed help on anything, but i sometimes talk to them like in a conversation. Most teachers are great, but the rotten ones i really hate. sometimes, they don’t really care about you, and just comepletely ignore you. I’m not afraid to talk to any teacher unless they are really strict.

    GoldFire

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