The learning environment is naturally a social one, it must be compassionate, patient, understanding. To teach someone anything, you can’t antagonize them, you can’t treat them as if they’re beneath you. If you don’t love them, you can hardly teach them. To teach someone, you must want them to learn and grow beyond what they are now. That’s love. A teacher cannot be teaching out of ego. The teacher has to put their ego aside, and focus on the student. Much like a parent raising their child. It is not about the parent, it is about the child. If the teacher is there teaching the students because they want to have power over others and feel superior, then they’ll unconsciously put down the student and hold them back from growing. You cannot have that. The teacher must allow the students to outgrow them. Treatment like that is like a cancer in a learning environment. You can hardly overstate the damage that causes.
Notice how most of what I’m talking about is about the direct relationship between the teacher and the student. Because that is the birthplace of teaching, nowhere else.
Also notice how I’m talking more about teaching than I am about learning. Because a person will learn no matter what. No one has to teach them, they can learn. People learn from experience. But education, well that’s different. Education and teaching and schooling are about artificial learning. It’s a way for us conscious humans to deliberately teach one another what we know we should learn without needing direct experience for everyone. That teaching capacity is what I’ve been talking about in this series of posts. That’s why when teachers fail to teach, students eventually learn on their own. It comes at great expense on the side of the student though.