From another blog :
What a teacher ought to be - Benchmarks according to the Desert Fathers.
One of my favourite definitions of the character and calling of a teacher. And an ideal worth persevering towards in daily practice and vocational accountability.
A teacher ought to be a stranger to the desire
for domination, vain-glory, and pride;
one should not be able to fool her by flattery,
nor blind her by gifts, nor conquer her by the stomach,
nor dominate her by anger; but she should be patient,
gentle, and humble, as far as possible;
she must be tested,and without partisanship,
full of concern, and a lover of souls.
Benedicta Ward, The Desert Christian.
My comment: "You forgot to add Stepford wife."
Comment deleted and email received -
> You forgot to add Stepford wife.
Jimmy, I'm not sure what your comment means or refers to. The stepford wives (actually an anti - women story) have no connection whatsoever to some of the most remarkable teachers the Christian world has ever known, including the women known as the Desert mothers. I have removed the comment as I think it is open to misunderstanding, and has no bearing on the post to which it is attached. The comment section on my blog is open because I want discussion and comment to be as free as it can be, but want users to respect the sensitivities of other users. I would be grateful if this is kept in mind for future comments.
With all good wishes