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Stephen Hawking - Teacher and over at element14.

I recently saw a comment online reiterating a well-known quotation that I hadn’t heard in several years: “Those who can’t do, teach”.  In essence, this statement makes the suggestion that teachers and professors are generally those who have been forced into that position because they failed to succeed in their area of expertise in the general workforce.  Having always admired many of my teachers and professors and having taught classes myself, I was deeply disturbed and alarmed by this comment.  Not only do I disagree with it on many levels, but I believe the exact opposite to be true:  Those who have been successful in some regard should be working harder to pass this knowledge on to others who will aspire to emulate them.


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