Probably the biggest influence on my career was the late John Hersey, who, while he was at ‘The New Yorker,’ wrote one of the masterpieces of narrative non-fiction, ‘Hiroshima.’ Hersey was a teacher of mine at Yale, and a friend. He got me to see the possibility of journalism not just as a business but as an art form.
In Swat, there are two jobs a woman’s going to do: a teacher or a doctor. If not, then become a housewife.
There is no recipe to be a great teacher, that’s what is unique about them.
A child’s learning is a function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.
As any parent, teacher, or librarian knows, there is no richer experience than to see children’s faces light up at the suspense of a new tale or the surprise of a new poem. The uninhibited joy with which they listen is surely akin to that of adult audiences of old around campfire and hearth.
My mother was an English teacher who decided to become a math teacher, and she used me as a guinea pig at home. My father had been a math teacher and then went to work at a steel mill because, frankly, he could make more money doing that.
Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
Experience is the teacher of all things.
Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?
Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.