Writers As Teachers

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As we read all the readily available good books written by great writers, we experience that writers and their books are like teachers that can change our lives without placing any conditions or restrictions upon us. No classes to attend, no exams to pass, no punishments whatsoever. They give but take back nothing in return.

A good writer’s great book stays on with us long after all our wonderful classroom teachers have physically gone out of our lives.

But like a not-so-good teacher, a bad book or an evil write-up has a full potential to harm us…what with no one to correct us or guide us, for no one will ever know what bad elements we got from some bad book (or e-book), while reading it in our cosy room.

And yet, as they say, education is the best gift to receive or give, and classroom teaching is one of the noblest professions where you can directly touch lives, esp. that of the very young who definitely need careful handling.

Hence, full regards to all the teachers in the world…to school, college and university teachers, to parents as teachers and to writers/bloggers as teachers.

(The 5th of September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day in India)

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For: Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen of silverthreading.com

14 thoughts on “Writers As Teachers

  1. Such a great quote, Alka. I believe learning should come naturally. The more we feel like we are pushed into learning, the less fun it becomes. Sometimes I reckon we learn the most when we are reading a good book leisurely – we notice the written style of the story, we absorb fictional and non-fictional aspects of the storyline and take away lessons from it at our own pace.

    Of course, classroom learning has its advantageous. On one hand, they push us to learn and we have others around us to share our thoughts and ideas with on subjects that fascinate us. Sometimes we are young and naive and need someone to guide us along the way.

    But back to books. For me a bad book or bad piece of writing would be one that strays from the main point for most part 😀

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    • Thanks Mabel! Indeed, best learning happens when we do not feel pressurized into it. Although discipline has its own value, but if somebody stands on our head telling us to learn the way they want, our minds go blank. Getting the feel of the book, going back and forth as we want, dwell on any part we want to – that provides deeper learning.

      Within a classroom, students do feel more motivated on seeing others do better or as you said, sharing ideas and getting guidance. That is necessary too.
      I like your definition of a bad book – “the one that strays from the main point for most part”. That is, a book that doesn’t serve its purpose while taking up our time. Vulnerable young minds can also be influenced negatively upon reading obscene, violent books or watching such TV shows, which are also a ‘text’.

      Thanks for sharing such insightful views! 🙂

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      • I like how you extended the argument. When we are young, we are naive and believe anything is possible. Thus a grounded and well-rounded education is essential in helping us get along in this world.

        Always love popping by. You write so well on a range of topics 🙂

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  2. Hi Alka,

    How beautifully and effortlessly you have linked the two teachers…who is more powerful? The one who introduces us to books, the one who reads them aloud when we are at the threshold of opening our eyes to all the wonders of the world, the one who speaks syllables in soft sounds that seem music to our ears and we fall in love with that voice!

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    • Hi Balroop

      Thanks for raising this lovely point! As I also mentioned – classroom teachers are very important esp. at a younger age. A little child does need a book to learn alphabets and numbers but some patient and gentle adult will have to tell the child what’s there in the book and why. Moreover, this task has to be done regularly, so we cannot under-estimate the value of schools and teachers – we can’t thank them enough. Teachers introduce a child to the real working world of knowledge mixed with discipline, and they do this work continuously for so many years.

      As we grow older, a stage comes when our education is based on meta-cognition. By this stage, our classroom teachers have slowly taught us how to gear our own learning, whereas teachers now become lecturers, aides, motivators and guides. Yes, they do mostly know more than us…but if, by that time, we have not learnt how to learn wisely from books (and these days web-sites too)…then we can never be life-long independent learners.

      Eventually, teachers are powerful, and very vital for us to know the very concept of education…and without good writers, books/web-sites there can be no life-long education.

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  3. Thank you for this great reminder that we must always watch our words. Lovely quote, too. I learned to read at the age of 5 or 6 and remember my joy of reading coming from my teachers. I read to my children and grandchildren. It is so important! ❤

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    • Actually, that was the purpose of my quote – to convey that writers (of books, e-books, blogs and sites) cannot take their writing lightly. Thanks for sharing your lovely experiences that we all can very well relate to 🙂 Yes, it is very important. Good teachers are indispensable esp. during our early teachers.

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  4. There are good and indifferent (no teacher is bad) teachers, as much as good and bad books. The first teacher is one’s mother, followed by all regular teachers, and the element of the teacher in all great books, reminding one of Milton’s words, ‘A good book is the precious life blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up to a life beyond life.’

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    • I agree. That’s why I used the word ‘no-so-good’ for negligent and indifferent teachers, who are often so because they are in a wrong profession.
      That’s a nice meaningful quote by Milton…’life beyond life’…the staying power of books are teachers.

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  6. Your post got me thinking of the teachers I’ve had in my life and the lessons I’ve learned. It wasn’t always the most brilliant teacher who had the most impact on me. Even the poor teachers taught me so much about the profession of teaching and myself. Love the quote and that idea that so much is given for next to nothing when it comes to a great book. So glad you joined Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

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    • Essentially, more than just being brilliant, teachers need to be caring as well as sensitive towards the deficiencies of their students, thereafter patiently help them overcome these drawbacks. No wonder we remember such teachers who helped us become a better person.
      Thanks for appreciating my quote. A good book, or any great write-up, is often an effort on the part of a writer but it gives so much to its readers. Even Colleen’s compilation of weekly quotes teaches us so much.

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