Favorite Teachers and Best School Lessons

Once again, last month’s question about favorite quotes drew lots of responses, some profound, some moving, some fun. Since this month’s theme is education, we’d like to know something about your education. What was the best lesson you ever learned in school?

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20 Responses to “Favorite Teachers and Best School Lessons”

  1. Edna Rankine Says:

    The most powerful lesson was from Father Lorbach, New Testament professor at the University of San Carlos. He challenged us to live the gospels – not memorize, underline or quote. He gave us the option to go begging in the city streets – one day,dressed in our school uniforms and another day, dressed like the beggars. It was a very powerful eye opening experience for me and have shaped who I am in faith and practice. I am forever grateful for the grace of accepting the challenge and for the lessons I learned.

  2. John Gresko Says:

    The best lesson I learned in school (graduate school) was to think. It doesn’t matter if you switch careers or jobs – the best thing someone can learn is to be able to think.

  3. Joye Nurre Says:

    The best lesson I learned in school was to be prepared. Preparation is the key to success!

  4. Bill Holst Says:

    ‘It’s Important I Get Knowledge’

    Most important lesson…. learn how to learn.

    Here is a quote:
    When a man’s knowledge is sufficient to attain,
    and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold,
    whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.
    Confucius , The Confucian Analects

    God Bless Us All.

  5. Gina Maclean Says:

    In third grade, Sr. Teresa, made the girls in the class try baseball and the boys, jumprope. I assume it was to teach us that we were different – different interests and abilities, but not “better”. It made such an impression on me that I remembered it from long ago.

  6. joanne groshardt Says:

    1) I would never silently watch someone hurting someone else. I always intervene, often at the the cost of my own personal life.

    2) Most people are like donkeys, they put their nose in the butt of the critter in front of them and follow.

    I was always alone, on my own trail, with no one in front or in back of me.

  7. Fred Lozo Says:

    The Peace of the Lord strengthens me and with it I can accomplish all things.

  8. John Lindner Says:

    This comment was emailed in by Mary Janowak of Brookfield, WI

    The most important thing I learned in school is to be willing and able to unlearn! We all interpret our experiences, whether we know it or not. The ability and willingness to unlearn things we think we know is so critical to becoming truly educated and fully mature. In fact, we should all be seeking to find out where we are wrong instead of always defending what we currently think or believe. Real truth can take the scrutiny.

  9. Michael Garver Says:

    During all of my education, I have gradually learned that listening to other people, and looking at other people’s life experiences, is the most valuable lesson I have learned. In Graduate School, I focus on developing better relationships with people on a professional as well as personal level. This has served me well as I have moved from being a consultant to being an activist for social change.

  10. Richard Hammer Says:

    My favorite lesson was from a first year high school Latin grammar lesson: “Verba dicunt – exempla trahunt” (words tell -example drags us). I found it applied to living the Faith by my father’s life, Arthur E. Hammer, January 17, 1916 – July 5, 2008.
    Richard W, Hammer

  11. John Taylor Says:

    The most important lesson I learned in school was way back in 7th grade. Sister Lois said “to remain neutral in the face of someone else being unjustly hurt is the same as if you are causing the hurt”.

  12. John Vernon Peterson Says:

    I read this in an email, yet it still holds true today: It was about a college professor who asked his class on an examination what the name of the janitor was who cleaned their classroom. As you can imagine, very few actually knew the gentleman’s name. When they went over the test, some students inquired as to why this was a test question on a college course examination. The teacher replied that you must never take anyone for granted, and that you should know and thank all those people who help you along the way! What a great philosophy! :)

  13. Conrado Acevedo Says:

    The best lesson was a revelation that came to me. I read something about how Native AMericans were killed in this country and I just thought they were all wiped out by the white europeans. I cried over this when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Later to find out that we the Mexicans and Latinoamericanos are all native americans..

  14. Carol J. Griesemer Says:

    I became a teacher and then a counselor after 25 years of teaching. Currently, I am doing some of both, teaching ESL one-on-one to a Chinese woman and doing counseling: individual and couple.
    I think my most memorable experience came as a teacher of religion to 5 and 6 year-olds in a small country parish. Some of the kids were expressing problems grasping how Jesus could be present in the tabernacle. We were holding our class at the back of the church.
    A little boy, whose mother had died after a long struggle with brain cancer in a very poor home, gave a most profound insight:
    I think I understand. My mother is in heaven, and she’s here because she loves me.

  15. Andrea Says:

    I always say the most important thing I learned at Harvard was how how to learn.

  16. Russ Crocker Says:

    In a science class, we were each given a sealed opaque box with some sort of stuff glued inside to alter its interior shape. Inside was also a marble. We were asked to draw the interior shape of the box. Simple enough. Everyone turned the boxes and drew the shape. But when we listened to the behavior of the marble more, we realized our drawings needed modification, and then more modifications until our time was up. We then all asked to see what the inside really looked like, but were told we never got to see the box that way. This is the way of learning: there are rarely any set textbook answers, only our best observations at the time. Our universe cannot be “opened”. We can only observe, note our best thoughts, and then humbly modify our conclusions when further investigation warrants it.

  17. Anne Nganda Says:

    My best subject was Biology. I learnt how my body works through systems that are interlinked. It increased my admiration that God continues to create my in each minute of my life whether I am aware or not.
    My teacher was a Catholic [nun] who had affection for each of us students.

  18. Paul Warms Says:

    My best lesson in life was from Father Mahar my high school Latin teacher. He showed patience with a student struggling with his lessons in first year Latin. I was also trying to fit into a new school so I was being challenged by both academics as well as social issues. He was a kind beacon of light guiding me safely through turbulent waters. This was forty-four years ago and I still remember his Franciscan ways to this day. As a teacher, I try to live his example each day with my own group of middle school students. Thank you Father Mahar!

  19. pat bowman Says:

    My best message from school
    The purpose of an education is to
    teach you to think and to tell the
    difference between those who speak
    the truth with wisdom and those who
    just repeat others thoughts or don’t
    think at all. I have found that the
    former are few and far between and
    the latter are legion.

  20. Meadow Says:

    While studying biology in college, I learned how to study more analytically and with greater repose. This ability has applied to my everyday life ever since and the quality of my life has dramatically improved. I have a greater appreciation of my faith, family, and the world. I always thought my Catholic school education provided the most spiritually enriching experience, but seeing these teachings challenged in the outside world has made them much more profound. Now, I see God more clearly in my life.

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