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“No student knows his subject: the most he knows is where and how to find out the things he does not know”

~ Woodrow T. Wilson (28th President of the United States)

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing. 

- John F. Kennedy

Wikipedia: “often the best place to start, worst place to stop”

- Dan Gillmor, via Eszter Hargittai .

“Teaching still remains the key interest of most faculty. In surveys in 1969, 1975, and 1989, the Carnegie Foundation asked faculty whether their interests were primarily in teaching or research. Roughly the same question was asked by the Higher Education Research Institute in 1996. Over nearly thirty years, the proportion of faculty responding affirmatively to teaching remained an astounding seven out of ten.”

- Arthur Levine, How the Academic Profession is Changing

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.

-Thomas Carruthers

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. 

-Gail Godwin