Critiques on B.O Smith, Teaching & Learning
One of the descriptive definitions of teaching suggested by B.O Smith is, ‘Teaching is Success’ where “teaching is that which results in learning.” Although it is considered as a drawback, in which students are only here (at schools or in classes) to learn and teachers are fully responsible in the teaching and learning processes, we should realise that teaching is a social process because the teaching are swayed by the political and social backgrounds of the country. It varied the means to fit the with country’s principle and constitution. Whereas I believe teaching is more of a process of observing, preparing, interacting and affecting peers, and beyond the function of student-teacher context. Plus, if teaching is meant for success, what about failure? Aren’t we bound to have failures on something? It is the process that matters in real-teaching as Colin Powell said, ‘There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.’ Who are we without our teacher? He or she is the very person who teaches us ‘ambiguous’ contribution called knowledge and skills. The term ‘defining teaching such as imparting, knowledge, and skill are often ambiguous’ is only looking for the right phrase or standard parameter. It is simple for the sake of formality (or just being too scientific), but we cannot deny ourselves from the reality that the real definition of teaching is that of a social process that provide the students tools to live and to overcome any situation that may arise now and then. “The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet.
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