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Thirty-seven

June 16, 2017 Leave a comment

With no classroom, no teachers, no students

No books, no tech, no tests, no desks, no chairs

You find yourself in the best equipped school.

What a great method, this one with no name!

There’s no better way to learn a language

Than doing nothing – or doing it all.

Stop wanting to get better. You’ll do fine.

 

*My earlier commentary on Chapter 37 is here.

 

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Thirty-six

June 2, 2017 Leave a comment

…”and how are things?”

Never a good question

to ask a taoist

if you’re in a rush

and just trying

to engage in pleasant chat

before dashing away.

 

How are things? They aren’t.

Believe anything else

and sleep with the fishes.

Believe this

and put

your books

away.

 

*My earlier commentary on Chapter 36 can be read here.

 

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Thirty-five

March 31, 2017 Leave a comment

The students no longer come to the class.

So lazy, you think, they don’t want to learn.

You’re wrong: students always want to learn things,

but teachers don’t always want to teach them.

Tell the inspectors you don’t have a plan,

and the inspectors will no longer come.

Like this, teaching cannot be seen or heard,

idiots who think otherwise don’t help.

It’s not true: if you build it, they won’t come.

Don’t build anything; you’re not a builder.

Just teach: they will all come and they will learn.

 

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Thirty-four

January 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Learning opportunities everywhere;

opportunities for teaching also.

Every thing is a complete lesson.

 

Nothing is useless. Yes, nothing at all!

But not everything will serve your purpose.

So, do you now propose to change the world?

 

Change and meddle, but things go their own way

pushed along by a much more powerful force

that is, you know, really no force at all.

 

Teach like this and there will be none better.

Not trying, you no longer need to try.

 

*My original commentary on Chapter 34 can be read here.

April 8, 2016 Leave a comment

you’re sleeping

chest rises and falls

I watch

terrified that suddenly

it will rise and fall no more

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Thirty-Three

March 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Know yourself without thinking

and there will be no better teacher than you.

In self-control, who controls who?

Answer this and the world will listen.

 

There has never been a better resourced teacher than you.

All of this time, you’ve known every last thing.

Put away your books and teach the right way.

The impact will be felt for generations.

 

*My original commentary on Chapter 33 can be read here.

Thirty-two

March 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Nobody can tell you how language is learned.

Everybody does it; nobody knows how.

If the how were uncovered

the world would be yours.

You would rule, the cosmos.

all things would follow.

There’d be no need for schools.

All would be clear.

 

Once you start looking for answers, you need to have questions.

Don’t we know enough?

Do we need to ask more?

Not knowing you know, you don’t know how to stop!

Know when to stop; you already know.

Ignorance is knowledge. Not knowing is knowing.

 

*My original commentary on Chapter 32 can be found here.

 

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