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“The single greatest effect on student achievement is not race, it is not poverty — it is the effectiveness of the teacher.” ~~ Harry K. Wong
“Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.” ~~ John Jay Chapman
“”A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” ~~ Patricia Neal
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Inspirational Quotes For Everyday Use
The inspirational quotes used in this video are collected from various sources. This Video is created in High Definition. The quotes are: Only that day dawns to which we are awake Henry David Thoreau Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful Annette FunicelloEverything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves Carl Jung One of the most basic laws of success is your energy follows your attention Richard Carlson When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you." -Lao-Tzu Without right living right thinking will never come – Swami Raghavendra Tirtha Everyone and everything around you is your teacher – Ken Keys Jr. You must be the change you wish to see in the world – MK Gandhi There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day Alexander Woolcott Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Socrates, a classical Greek philosopher is best known for the creation of two things; Socratic irony, and the Socratic Method (also known as elenchus). From a teacher student point of view, Socrates is more specifically known for his philosophical type of pedagogy; the teacher asks the student questions to elicit the best possible answer and any other knowledgeable insights. We, in the Western society have associated him with two other famous men, Plato and Aristotle of whom all three have influenced our philosophical views.
The Life of Socrates
Most of what is known about Socrates has been taken from different sources:
1. Dialogues of Plato and Xenophon (both students of Socrates)
2. The Plays of Aristophanes.
Socrates father was Sophroniscus and his mother was Phaenarete; she being a midwife and his father’s occupation unknown. According to Plato Socrates was an unattractive man being very short in stature. Even with this, he married a woman by the name of Xanthippe who was much younger than himself. They had three sons together, Lamprocles, Sophroniscus, and Menexenus. Many of Plato’s dialogues refer to Socrates as a military service man. It is said that he served in the Athenian army under three different parties; Potidaea, Amphipolis, and Delium.
Aristophanes’ plays also have given slight insight to who this man Socrates might have been. Although this portrayal should not be taken at face value, many have done such and have agreed that this is how many people saw Socrates. In Aristophanes’ play “The Clouds”, Socrates is a clown who teaches his students how to bamboozle their way out of debt. Most of Aristophanes’ works were parodies however, so the reality of this portrayal may be somewhat disillusioned.
No one knows quite for sure how, or if Socrates earned a professional living. It is clear that he had many followers and students, but professionally we do not know exactly what he did. According to Timon of Phlius and other sources, Socrates took over his father’s stonemasonry profession. He might have crafted the statues which stood near the Acropolis until the second century AD. There is also evidence that Socrates never pursued any profession at all. In a symposium Socrates once stated that “he devotes himself only to what he regards as the most important art or occupation; discussing philosophy.” Some say he was paid to be a teacher, and others say he denied taking payment for anything.
The Socratic Method
Socrates most important contribution to the Western philosophy was in his dialectic method of inquiry. This we know today as the “Socratic Method.” The Socratic Method was described by Plato in a series of dialogues. In attempt to solving a problem, it would be broken in a series of questions, and the answers would come gradually as you answer the many questions. The “Socratic Method’s” influence is most widely felt in the use of the Scientific Method, where thinking and finding a hypothesis is the first step. The development and practice of the Socratic Method has perhaps given him the honor of becoming the “father of political philosophy” and a major figurehead in Western philosophy. His philosophies are designed so that one is forced to examine their own beliefs and values.
There is much controversy as the whether or not Socrates’ actions were justified at the time of his death. It was no secret that in Socrates’ pursuit of virtue and adherence to truth, he clashed with many of Athenian politics and society. In his efforts to improve Athenien’s sense of Justice, he may have ultimately been the source of his own execution. There is evidence from two of his students Xenophon and Plato, that Socrates had an opportunity to escape his death as followers were able to bribe the prison guards. However, he chose not to for several reasons:
1. He did not want anyone believing he was afraid of death as no philosopher is ever afraid to die.
2. He understood that his philosophies would be no better accepted in another country has he would continue questioning all he met.
3. Having understood that he had agreed to live under the city’s laws, he knew there was great possibility of being accused and judged guilty of crimes. By fleeing, this would have been an act contrary to Socratic principle.
At his trial he was found guilty and sentenced to death by poison. He turned down the pleas of Crito in attempt to escape and drank the poison that took him to his death. Just before he died he said, “Crito, owe a cock to Asclepius. Please don’t forget to pay the debt.” This has been interpreted as meaning that death is the cure, and freedom of the soul from the body. Socrates certainly left his mark upon history then, and history now.
James Arthur Baldwin was an American writer, novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, and civil rights activist. He his most notably known for his novels on sexual and personal identity and biting essays on civil rights movements in the United States. His first novel, “Go tell it on the mountain” was the one that gave him his first dose of fame. Several of his novels also dealt with homosexual connections and the pressures of being black. This was well before the social and cultural groups could be assumed.
James Baldwin was born in 1924 in Harlem, New York City. He was the first of his mother’s nine children but never met his biological father nor did he even know the man’s identity. At the age of three his mother married a man by the name of David Baldwin who became his father figure, but was a harsh and cruel man. James Baldwin grew up in extreme poverty but found his love through literature and read many books as a child. Although his stepfather opposed his literary aspirations, Baldwin found support from his teacher and from the mayor of New York City, Fiorello H. LaGuardia. When Baldwin was 12 he published his first story in the church newspaper. By the time he was 17 he had graduated from high school, left home and had been employed in several ill paid jobs. It was then that he began his literary apprenticeship.
Like many writers, there are people that come in and out of our lives that have great influence on the way in which we write and what we write about. One such man for James Baldwin as Richard Wright. Baldwin called Richard Wright the “greatest black writer in the world for me” and they quickly became good friends. It was during this period that Baldwin wrote a collection of essays entitles “Notes of a Native Son” in reference to Wright’s novel “Native Son.” Their friendship would be short lived, as Baldwin made the assertion that Wright’s “Native Son” novel did not have “credible characters and psychological complexity.” Although Baldwin still greatly admired Wright, and tried to explain his statements, they were never friends again.
Another prominent influent in the life of James Baldwin was an African American painter by the name of Beauford Delaney. Baldwin described Delaney as “the first living proof, for me, that a black man could be an artist.” As this was not a time where any black man would have been considered a white man’s teacher (which is how Baldwin saw him), Delaney became a courageous example of integrity, humility, and passion. He said about Delaney, “An absolute integrity: I saw him shaken many times and lived to see him broken but I never saw him bow.”
His next most prominent influence was a singer, painter, and civil rights activist named Nina Simone. Baldwin, along with Langston Hughes and Lorraine Hansberry was responsible for making her aware of the racial inequalities that existed between blacks and whites. He also left her with literary references to help increase her knowledge on this point.
In 1948 James Baldwin left his home town and moved to Europe; his first destination being Paris. During his time in Europe he wrote an essay called “Stranger in the Village.” This essay portrayed many of his feelings of helplessness and strangeness in a new country. When he finally returned to the United States he became actively involved with the Civil Rights Movement. He was among the people who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. to Washington D.C. He was on the faculty of Five Colleges in Massachusetts where he mentored and trained successful playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks and Mount Holyoke. He spent his later years in St. Paul de Vence on the Riviera, France and died from stomach cancer on November 30 1987.