A quote about teachers.

“Rarely will you meet anyone so jealous as a teacher. Year after year students tumble along like the waters of a river. They flow away, and only the teacher is left behind, like some deep buried rock at the bottom of the current. Although he may tell others of his hopes, he doesn’t dream of them himself.”

The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe


  1. The woman in the dunes is in error. Most teacher’s I know are delighted and honored to have had all those children flow through their hands and out into the world of adulthood. There is no ‘leaving behind’. There is a letting go of the old while embracing the new. Successful teacher’s have found their place. They are not left behind, they enrich the place they have come to rest in.

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