Best teachers build character
Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years. In this article he describes a day inside the class of Rafe Esquith, 59, a teacher in Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles. It is interesting to see how Rafe builds character by asking students questions; the aim is not only to teach but also to inculcate values. Here is the link:
The article reminds us that the aim of teaching goes beyond the instruction of literacy and numeracy skills. Values, dialogue and questions should also be at the center of any teaching program.