The Art of Not Learning: Two Versions

January 31, 2008

This essay was published in CDTL Brief  Volume 11.1 (2008).

Possibly everyone in the business of teaching becomes familiar at some point with the saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for life”. Yet, in any protracted discussion on education, the axiom is bound to be raised again as if it were an end in itself, the final word on all that has fallen rather fashionably under the term independent learning. Its folk attribution to Laozi notwithstanding, a statement so frequently repeated in glee has the effect of encouraging one to feel less and less impressed. In my case, it has already put me off fishing as a hobby altogether.


Gwee Li Sui

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