Posts Tagged ‘Don’t meddle’


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.



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.


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.



March 6, 2016 Leave a comment

If school is a weapon, 

against whom is it turned?

Are some weapons needed?
To keep whose peace?

When rules are followed,

what’s left behind?

When your lesson plan works,

what is the price?

When you’re left to teach,

can you learn any more?

What makes a good class?

What makes a class good?

Look closer and see

how each checked box

is carried aloft

on six swaying shoulders.


*My original commentary on Chapter 31 can be found here.


January 18, 2016 Leave a comment

Before language teachers, there was language.

Present before either the chicken or the egg, language.

Present even before humans, language.

Where did it start? Who can say?

It has been and will be.

So let the world arise from language;

let there be a word and phrase for everything that can be.

Let the teachers try to teach it, but do not be fooled.

Language cannot be taught. It can only be learnt.

When it goes out, it always comes back.


*My original commentary on Chapter 25 can be found here.



January 14, 2016 Leave a comment


Continual improvement;

professional development;

lifelong learning:

these concepts are sacred.

We must improve.

Achieving results, hubris arises.

What arises also falls.

Within these sacred concepts lies misery.

Each like a cloth over what already is.

Look deeper at yourself.

There is nothing to improve.


*My original commentary on Chapter 24 can be found here.


October 22, 2015 Leave a comment

Abandon your need for professional development and watch how your troubles will end.

Newly qualified, vastly experienced – where’s the real difference?

The bright and the dull – aren’t they the same?

Do you really aspire to be the best teacher?

What a waste of your time!

Everyone has the answers, but I don’t have any.

I know nothing. Really! I don’t have a clue.

The others are confident, everyone’s bright.

But I doubt everything, there’s no light from me.

Their right turn of phrase and their incisive thought

outshine my dull and confused foolishness.

I continue to drift in all directions and none

while they plan and notate the lessons to come.

They’re so busy! I sit here and wait for my lesson,

drawing strength from my ignorance.


*My original commentary on verse 20 can be found here

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