Life is a matter of building. Each of us has the opportunity to build something -- a
secure family, a good reputation, a career, a relationship to God. But some of those
things can disappear almost overnight due to financial losses, natural disasters and other
What are we to do? Daniel Webster offered excellent advice, saying, "If we work on
marble it will perish. If we work on brass, time will efface it. If we rear temples, they
will crumble to dust. But if we work on men's immortal minds, if we imbue them with high
principles, with just fear of God and love of their fellow-men, we engrave on those
tablets something which time cannot efface, and which will brighten and brighten to all
Morning Glory, July 3, 1993.
William A. Ward has said, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
Progress Magazine, December 23, 1992.
An item in "The Report Card" told of a study done in Colorado in which 3000 high school seniors were asked about their best
teachers. From their responses this composite was drawn. The ideal teacher (1) is genuinely concerned and interested in
students as individuals; (2) requires students to work; (3) is impartial in dealing with students; and (4) is obviously
enthusiastic about teaching.
Today In The Word, Oct, 1989, p. 25.
Teaching is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the minds of the ignorant by the means of the incompetent...is the
transfer of material from the teacher's notes to the student's notebook, without it going through either's minds.
J. Dennis Miller, president of Church Youth Development states that a problem with educating young people in the church stems
from a failure to understand how young people learn. He claims that adults learn in the following pattern: 1) acceptance of
absolutes; 2) subordination of attitudes and actions to absolutes; 3) application of truth received to life experience.
Knowing something as an adult is based primarily upon remembering information and intellectual learning.
Youth, Miller contends, learn in a different way: 1) evaluation of life experience; 2)
discovery of attitudes and actions which validate their life experiences; 3) identifying truth based on their relevance to
life experience; 4) acceptance of truths that prove reliable from life experience. Life experience is the main influence on the
learning young mind.