Education is not the Filling of a Pail, but the Lighting of a Fire

Education is not the filling of the pail, but the lighting of the fire.

Education Pail FireThis quote highlights my teaching approach.  I have been teaching since I can remember.  As the oldest of five children, I have taught my siblings not only academic subjects, but also discipline, leadership, responsibility, and morals.  I became a tutor in high school, a writing consultant as for university students in college, and a corporate trainer after graduation.  Now, I am an entrepreneur, the co-founder of the American Institute for English Proficiency, with three locations in the Philippines: Makati, Quezon City, and Baguio.

The filling of the pail is the information and knowledge we impart to our students.  However, it is much more important to to light their fire, to give them the inspiration to become better more productive members of society.  Often times, we are so focused on teaching our students what is in the book that we forget to teaching how to use the book, how to question the book, how to apply the learning from the book.  We teach them the who, what,  where, and  when, but we forget to realize that the why and the how are far more important.  When we fill a pail, it may someday run out of water and be empty, and someone needs to keep filling it; but if we ignite the fire, it may continue burning on its own.

ABOUT ME:
I am the co-founder of the American Institute for English Proficiency, with three locations to serve you in the Philippines: Makati, Quezon City, and Baguio.  We offer private (one-on-one) sessions or you can join our group trainings at our locations; you can opt to have an in-house corporate training.

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