57 – the number of states in the USA that President Obama claims to have visited
Rules and regulations only buy an illusion of progress. But it’s only when you invent a rule or pass a law that you create rule-benders and law breakers. Laws, rules, regulations etc also create a sense of entitlement – not always a fair sense of entitlement. Reduced to the microcosm of the classroom, this might result in a student demanding less talk, more grammar. I’ve been there. Lao would not be impressed. His tip for success remains, “Do nothing.” Once again, we are told that those who do not strive will become heroes of the universe. The slacker’s philosophy.
Lao suggests that the smart ones take no action and [the] people are reformed. The smart ones enjoy peace and people become honest. The smart ones do nothing and people become rich. They have no desires and people return to the good and simple life. If we can be so presumptuous as to believe that the teachers are the smart ones and the people are our students, how would that change your teaching? The teacher holds back and a new type of student emerges: one who can be honest about their achievements, who develop a wealth of learning resources, who enjoy learning a language in a good, simple way.