I’d like to be able to say that I posses such a thirst. No, that’s not right. I do thirst for knowledge and I do love to learn new things – but I need to have good teachers in order to be passionate about a new subject or idea that I study. Good teachers are fiercely hard to come by in today’s education system, and so oftentimes in high-school I was either bored out of my mind, or else I was just utterly disinterested even though I knew that I could, theoretically, care about the subject.
I have a good friend who I can’t help but be jealous of – she is one who truly possesses a thirst for knowledge. There was a time when she just read Wikipedia articles every day and jumped from subject to subject, just out of pure curiosity. She teachers herself French, and doggedly studies it, not letting herself get lazy and forget about it. She even managed to memorize an insane amount of information during an army course and somehow find it interesting even though much of it was dull lists of former-generals and ranking systems.
Hopefully, though, once I resume my studies, I’ll have better teacher. Ones who are actually passionate about their subject and about imparting knowledge to their students.
4 thoughts on “A Thirst For Knowledge”
You could have a thirst for Britney 🙂
OK, OK, I am just sayin…
I feel the tool for good learning is by being taught by someone who loves what they are teaching you. How can you possibly learn something if someone teaching you us mundane about it? I feel, no matter what it is, whether it’s book learning or learning to drive or golf or swim, the one teaching you will determine if you love it or hate it.
True having the right teacher makes a big difference, however most of what we learn is based on our perception as to why we are learning a particular subject. If we perceive a true need for the knowledge we will learn even despite the imperfect teacher.
Invigorated branches are needed for new leaves to grow.