25 December 2012

In Praise Of Teachers


Teachers in the truest sense of the word . . . 

Jesus was a carpenter's son.  This means that he too was, by trade, a carpenter.  Socrates was a stonemason's son, and hence also a tradesman himself.  Basic education for these men, as for most in their times, consisted of being trained in their fathers' crafts and family morals, along with perhaps elementary literacy and numeracy skills.  Beyond this, they would have listened to or read what they could, when they could, compelled primarily by their own desire to learn. 
 And . . .


A teacher is a man who places knowledge above power and upholds the quest for the true and the good in a world forever endangered by coercive schemes that would demand deference to the false and the evil.  In other words, education, in the sense defined for Western civilization by Jesus and Socrates, is the spiritual realm in which, in defiance of all demands and dictums of temporal authority, individual men are free to seek truth. The fight to preserve Western heritage against today's encroaching authoritarian hordes is, at its base, the battle to save education from the clutches of government. 


How simple yet how profound. More to come on this topic later.

2 comments:

Chaps said...

A teacher is a person who takes a complex subject and makes it understandable. An educator takes the same subject and renders it incomprehensible.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yes Chaps - "educator" has a rather statist ring to it, doesn't it? Learning is much preferable to education.