Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Take on an Old Proverb

As a teacher, it isn't really an issue whether my students know or know not whether they know or know not. However...

  • A student who doesn't try, doesn't succeed, and doesn't care is probably a dead horse, but it doesn't matter. Keep beating him.
  • A student who doesn't try, doesn't succeed, but does care is an opportunity. Wake him.
  • A student who doesn't try, doesn't care, but succeeds is wasted talent. Shame him.
  • A student who doesn't succeed, doesn't care, but tries is dancing reluctantly on someone else's leash. Free him.
  • A student who tries and succeeds but doesn't care is snowing his way through the system. Scorn him.
  • A student who tries and cares but doesn't succeed is a student in need. Help him.
  • A student who cares and succeeds but doesn't try is missing his calling. Encourage him.
  • A student who cares, tries, and succeeds is probably a figment of your imagination, but if he is real, consider yourself lucky. Honor him.
(Should I do one for teachers next?)


  • Wow... this is cool! Can I share this to my colleagues and/or students?

    Yeah, I would love to know the teachers' ones :)

    By Blogger Selba, at 9:51 AM  

  • Ah, that last one is a relief after the previous student types. Hope you get at least a few of these.

    By Anonymous nikkipolani, at 12:29 PM  

  • I am/have been many of those students at different times. Lucky when there is wise teacher who sees it and knows what to do - it has made a big difference for me in many instances and I am most grateful to them.

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 7:46 PM  

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