1(a): to cause to know something; (b): to cause to know how; (c): to accustom to some action or attitude; (d): to cause to know the disagreeable consequences of some action 

2: to guide the studies of

3: to impart the knowledge of

4(a): to instruct by precept, example, or experience; (b): to make known and accepted 

5: to conduct instruction regularly in

Source: : www.merriam-webster.com


Teach (v.): Old English taecan “to show, point out, declare, demonstrate,” also “to give instruction, train, assign, direct; warn; persuade.” from Proto-Germanic taikijan ‘to show,” from Proto-Indo-European deik- “to show, point out” (related to: diction).  Related to Old English tacentacn “sign, mark” (token).

The usual sense of Old English taecan was “show, declare, warn, persuade” (compare German zeigan “to show” from the same root); while the Old English word for “to teach, instruct, guide” was more commonly laeran, source of modern learn and lore.


Source: : etymonline.com


“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” 

Malala Yousafzai (b. 1997, educator, activist, feminist, and youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014)

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“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” 

Galileo Galilei (1564—1642, Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who made fundamental contributions to the sciences of motion, astronomy, and strength of materials and to the development of the scientific method)

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: www.britannica.com/biography/Galileo-Galilei

“A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes- and it will come- may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.” 

Jane Smiley (b.1949, American novelist, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fictionin 1992 for her love "A Thousand Acres")

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“The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.” 

Andre Lorde (Audrey Geraldine Lorde, 1934 – 1992, writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist; as a poet, best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life)

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“Positive expectations are the mark of the superior personality.” 

Brian Tracy (b. 1944, Canadian-born American motivational public speaker and self-development author of over 70 books; his most popular books are "Earn What You’re Really Worth," "Eat That Frog!" and "The Psychology of Achievement")

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“When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think.” 

Bertrand Russell (1872–1970, British philosopher, logician, essayist and social critic best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy)

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“Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being 'with it,' yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation.” 

Ivan Illich (1926—2002, Austrian philosopher and Roman Catholic priest known for his radical polemics, who argued that mass education and the modern medical establishment institutionalized and manipulated basic aspects of life)

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“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

Galileo Galilei


My best teachers were those that recognized that I not only needed intellectual and academic instruction, but also emotional and psychological support.

In elementary school, my fourth-grade teacher and her husband invited me and other female students to their home for dinner.  Although I was extremely shy at that time, I felt so special to be chosen for such an exclusive occasion.

At middle school, there was Miss Bryant, my typing teacher, who called me up to her desk every once in a while, somehow recognizing and understanding that I was distraught and still upset about the death of my mother, lost in grief.  She saw me and reminded me that I was worthy of love, respect, and understanding.

In high school, Mr. Duffy, my English teacher recited daily from the works of masters and great English authors like Shakespeare.  He also gave a creative IQ test, which I cited me as a “creative genius,” knowledge I keep close to my heart.  I integrity creativity in every part of my life.

At college, I had a slew of professors who cared and adopted me as part of their families like: the Gabins, the Doschers, Mrs. Phillips, and Ma Renwick.  They reassured me by loving me, unconditionally, as if I was one their own, capable of succeeding at anything.  With their support, I traveled to West Africa and Taiwan, and became a writer as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.  I was courageous and a risk-taker.

Teachers are extremely important, as we all know, and should be honored, because they are the at the front-lines  igniting us to our gifts and to be of great service to all of humanity.

Be well, sojourners.  Have a Glorious day!

Much Love, Tonya





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