Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
Teaching is a profession in which capacity building should occur at every stage of the career – novices working with accomplished colleagues, skillful teachers sharing their craft, and opportunities for teacher leadership.
I met Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley on the same day in 1968. I was sixteen at the time. Very exciting. They were reading at Armagh. One of my teachers brought me to meet them, introduced me, and I became friends with them.
When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.
My teachers treated me as a diamond in the rough, someone who needed smoothing.
Now all my teachers are dead except silence.
Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
Students rarely disappoint teachers who assure them in advance that they are doomed to failure.