Monday, November 19, 2012

Bon mot for the week

"A gardener does not 'grow' flowers; he tries to give them what he thinks they need and they grow by themselves."

John Holt (1923-1985)

We've heard from Mr Holt in this series before (here and here), and we might again. He was a pioneering educator whose writing became a major influence on me in my childhood and in my early teaching career. Here, of course, he was thinking of gardening as a metaphor for teaching.

1 comment:

Froog said...

Or, as I paraphrased this (perhaps unwisely!) to one of my new colleagues the other day, "That's all teaching is: you throw a lot of shit on the ground, and hope for the best."