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Excerpt from Essays and Studies in Honor of Margaret Barclay Wilson, Teacher, Physician, Librarian, Author
Students learn reverence for man and his methods from their teachers. Writing has some effect on careers, but example and personal contact with a teacher have more to do with development of character through emu lation. It is the character, bearing and deportment of the teacher, the dignified presentation of truths and facts, the charm of personality, that is remembered when book knowledge has faded. A teacher who does not assume absolute knowledge, but sympathizes with the student in her short-comings, has most respect from the Scholar.
The Egyptians say, Be not proud Of your learning; there's always more to learn. Many half-prepared teachers pose to their classes as if they would be thought gods, and would have the scholar look up to them as if to say, with Epictetus, Nothing is unknown to the gods. Not so the self-effacing teacher whom we honor.
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