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One And Lonely Mr. Why

By George Josserme

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• synopsis •

This article intends to make parents aware that there is more than sending kids out to school.

Parenthood involves much more responsibility than a simplistic act like that, this author tells us.

Bring up your chair,
and you be the judge.

Education is not
to fill a vessel.
Education is to spark a flame.

-- Socrates
Founder of the first
university in Europe.
469 - 399 B.C.

V ALID KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN IMPORTANT MATTER to me. As a result, my teenagers education and how well rather than how much they learn has been a concern. There is a difference between 'how well' and 'how much' that leads me to rightfully debate and contend systems of education that I encountered in countries I lived in including U.S.A. and Canada.

It seems that parents do not realize how vitally
important it is to have not only well-prepared
teachers knowledgeable in a subject or science,
but teachers who must be proficient when it comes
to execute something decisive and crucial: how to teach

DURING MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, I had a Science teacher known by the nickname 'Mr. Why.' This man mastered applying a principle I have never seen so proficiently implemented by another teacher during decades of observations and monitoring. His concept was that if a teacher has intelligent students, and students flank, it is revealing that it is the teacher the one failing at passing on knowledge instead of students being the ones unable to learn.

Mr. Why knew that teachers could identify a winner, and that genuine teachers who possess what it takes can turn good students into winners. As a result of his convictions to teach, Mr. Why's classes were far from a boring monolog. Instead, all his classes were enticing and grabbing as he disclosed with vivid and realistic examples how Mother Nature works, and he showed us events where we experience laws of physics applied by Mother Nature herself. He took 200 mouse traps with 200 Ping-Pong balls to show us how a nuclear chain reaction works. We were so inspired!

This teacher's nickname was the result of his most famous question: Why? Should a student enunciate a Law of Physics, he can be anticipated to ask "Why?" It was not good enough for Mr. Why to hear his students memorizing laws. He wanted his students to fully comprehend the principles used by Mother Nature behind each of her Laws of Physics.

Moreover, he demanded it all without any need for us to study at home. It was because Mr. Why ensured himself that each and every of his students left class comprehending what he taught that day. He told us that studying at home was a waste of time, and that we should spend that time with our families.

We all learned what we were supposed to learn, and we all returned to our homes with valid knowledge. Each of us always looked forward to his enjoyable classes. It was joyful to see him proud that not even one of his students ever failed Science.

Clearly, it seems that there is one and lonely Mr. Why.

It is paramount that all teachers must inescapably be highly efficient
when it comes to execute something vital and crucial: how to teach.
That is because teachers have the power to inspire, to sculpt, and
to cultivate our teenagers by kindling the flame Socrates values.

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