Principles of Education

mbf’s aphorisms for students

Principles of Education

1. Be a scholar.

A scholar is excited about learning.  A scholar is so excited that she attacks the work assigned and then moves on to search for more information. She searches until she learns all about the topic and then more.  A scholar finds other scholars to converse with about history, literature, science, math, music and art.   A scholar likes to share what he learns. A scholar thinks creatively. A scholar follows the light beyond the opening of the tunnel and runs into the sunlit field.

2. Enjoy school.

You spend more time in school or studying for school than you do anything else.  Commit to making this time of study and school the best of times.

3. You are as happy as you want to be.

4.  You are your own teacher.

The old guys in front of the classroom are merely guides to your journey in the heart of darkness…guiding you to the light of discovery.  They can only take you so far.  Please say goodbye before you leave us behind.

5. Ask questions.

Then answer your own question.   Ask again and compare that answer to your own.

6.  Be persistent.  Remember the turtle and the hare story?  Keep on trying until you can try no more…then, try some more!

7. No one is smarter than you can be.

Those other scholars just have lived longer and have had more time to work at that learning part.

8. You stand on the shoulders of great learners.

Learn from them and go on to seek new knowledge.  Experiment.  Share your own original thoughts and new learning.

9. Avoid avoiding work.  That will make things easier and LESS stressful.

10. Be a cooperative team member in your class.   SHARE.

(I don’t mean do each other’s work. L)  If your classmates succeed you will also succeed.  Make study groups.  This is not a contest to be first.  This is a competition to make all members first!

11. ________________________________ (fill in the blank as you learn more)


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