Understanding 1: Teaching From Within is Learning From Within

The teaching / learning dynamic isn’t unidirectional. The most powerful role a teacher can play is that of learner; likewise the most engaged role a learner can play is that of teacher. Learning and teaching are flip-sidesof the same coin.

“To be a teacher in the right sense is to be a learner. I am not a teacher, only a fellow student.” –Soren Kierkegaard

  1. Getting the News From Within by Parker Palmer
  2. Video: Parker Palmer on Inner Authority / Music Video for Playdough Boy


by Rumi

There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.