Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) in Man and Superman

This is not, of course, a true saying, and highly derogatory of teachers, many of whom are highly dedicated. Where would we be without teachers? We certainly would not have made the incredible progress we have seen over the last 200 years, in knowledge, technology, equality and communication. Besides which, there are many doers who were also great teachers, such as Einstein, Marie Curie, and more recently Stephen Hawking. Having said all that, my peers at Wolverhampton University, intending it in a humorous way, added another sentence to this quote – Those who can’t teach, teach teachers. This was highly ironic, of course, since we were all on a Bachelor of Education course.

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