Teaching Smart vs. not LO13697

Richard C. Holloway (olypolys@nwrain.com)
Wed, 21 May 1997 21:47:44 -0700

Replying to LO13684 --

prkosuth wrote:

> "The girls teaccher noticed a great and sudden improvement in her
> mathematics work. When she asked the girl what was responsible for
> the improvement, the girl told her about an elderly neighbor who was
> helping her. The teacher told the mother who approached the great
> mathematician at his home to appologize for her daughter. Einstein
> graciously explained that he looked forward to her visits. 'But it is such
> a waste of your time,' said the mother. 'What do you get out of it ?'
> 'Very simple, ' replied Einstein, 'Every time I help her with her homework,
> she gives me a lillipop.' "
> There are a ton of great Einstein stories. My students really enjoyed this
> one. To be that great and to find joy in such a simple activity is a real
> measure of his greatness. Huuuummm, what were his learnings here ?

thanks for the reminder--He also wrote the following to a young girl in

"Incidentally, I am only coming to Princeton to do research, not to teach.
There is too much education altogether, especially in American schools.
The only rational way of educating is to be an example--if one can't help
it, a warning example."


Richard C. "Doc" Holloway, Limen Development Network - olypolys@nwrain.com

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