Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Melinda Gates: Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room

Melinda Gates: Without Teachers, the Classroom Is Just a Room:

"Years ago, when our foundation was getting started and Bill and I were starting to learn more about high school education, I had a conversation with a young teacher in Houston, Texas that transformed the way I look at the work we're doing.

He said that when he reflected about what it meant to be a good teacher, he realized that he had to live the values he was trying to instill in the students. (This reminded me of one of my favorite quotations from Gandhi -- that you should "be the change you wish to see in the world.") Then he said that once he reflected on what it meant to live good values, he stopped thinking just about being a better teacher and started thinking about being a better human being."


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