“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
Oh my goodness, how true that is. Right now I work in education, with students who have been cycled out of traditional high schools, whether because they were too lazy, or got pregnant, or wanted to work on their acting career, or were bullied, or were bullies themselves and were kicked out. It’s not exactly like Robin Williams reciting poetry on top of a desk with a bunch of brilliant young men in smart red blazers. The hardest part of my job is to get these kids to see the power that comes with knowledge, the joy that comes with learning, that beautiful quivery feeling called intellectual curiosity. Sometimes it feels like it would be easier to get a monkey interested in writing the Great American Novel.