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'Don't put children off with falsehoods and nonsense'

Let us learn from Anne Sullivan, the great teacher who taught Hellen Keller...

education Updated: Jun 22, 2009 21:03 IST
Anne Sullivan
Anne Sullivan
Hindustan Times

Anne Sullivan, to many, symbolises the ideal teacher… The one who was instrumental in bringing about a change in her pupil, the vision- and hearing-challenged Helen Keller, from a tantrum-throwing, illiterate, helpless little girl to an expressive, communicative and a wonderfully creative woman who went on to become an author political activist and lecturer.

Start all over
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose - not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.

No falsehoods
It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

Suspect systems
I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.

For knowledge and love
I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.

Too many opinions are not required
It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!

Success doesn't come easily
People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.

First Published: Jun 19, 2009 13:56 IST