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Laura Burns United States (10/22/2013 10:23:00 AM)

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TEACHING

When you've mastered all the methods
Penetrated all the ways,
Where in those who were successful
Justified their claim to praise...

Very precious the possession
Of the technique and the art,
But you cannot substitute it
for a sympathetic heart!

Learning will be useless lumber
If it does not make you see
That the verb " to know" is never
More important than " to be."

And take heed of what you're saying
For the pupil wiser far,
Will be thinking while you say it
Of the kind of person you are.

'Tis the understanding spirit,
'Tis the soul resolved to give,
'Tis the love behind the lesson,
That can make the lesson live.

Garner every bit of knowledge
As a miser does his pelf,
But remember that the core of
All your teaching is YOURSELF!

-Denis A. McCarthy

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