“Teachers should prepare the student for the student’s future, not for the teacher’s past.”
—Richard Hamming, 20th Century American mathematician
Who have been your most influential teachers? Which of them tapped into your greatest interests and inspired you to want to learn, grow, and achieve?
Which of them poured themselves into you with love and also saw that their job was to bring out the possibilities within you?
The questions, Will this be on the test? and How will this prepare me for my future? are worlds apart.
Fulfilling even the most well-intended curriculum and tapping into the knowledge stores of many teachers and other advising professionals can only go so far.
How can we better prepare our youth for a future in which exponential wisdom will be required?
What would be possible if your role as a life-long learner was to use up all the teachers that come into your life?
As you soar beyond the relevancy of these well-intended individuals, keep looking for the future sages and stoics to help you take your next steps.