“Schools should be the most joyful places in the world because, you know, learning is the greatest joy. To learn something is fantastic because every time you learn something you become something new. You can’t learn anything without having to readjust everything that you are around the new thing that you’ve learned.” Living, Loving & Learning by Leo Buscaglia…
I picked up this book in a thrift store the other day and can’t seem to put it down – what an amazing guy – so thoughtful. If you are a teacher (of any kind) I inspire you to find a copy of this book or others written by Buscaglia. He goes on to say, “We are failing in schools of education because we’re not helping teachers to shed their role as teacher and become human beings and to realize that teachers are guides.” Kids don’t relate to “teachers” – kids relate to human beings and guides.
He further explains, “I see everyone as being a unique individual, having within himself and X factor, for want of a better name. Something within you that is only yours, that is different from everybody else, that causes you to see differently, to feel differently, to react differently. I believe that each of us has this and I only hope that you’ve been fortunate to have met someone along the line who’s helped you develop it. Because maybe the essence of education is not to stuff you with facts but to help you to discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it, and then to show you how to give it away.”
Additionally, “…my responsibility to me it to make myself enormous, full of knowledge, full of love, full of understanding, full of experience, full of everything so that I (as teacher/guide) can give it to you and then you can take it and build from there.”
He has inspired me to work even harder on seeing people, really knowing people, recognizing people, enjoying each person – as they are.