The Potter

Parables and Illustrations for Values Education

Contents Illustrations and Parables

I heard tell Eduardo Galeano a sort of rite of passage of the indigenous people of Chiapas. When the master Potter, defeated by the years, decides to retire, giving to young Potter his best vessel, the most perfect artwork.
Young received the vessel and does not lead her to his home to admire it or puts it on a table in the center of the workshop so that, henceforth, serve as her inspiration and preside over its work. No delivery to a museum so that people can see it and speak wonders of the art teacher and to be recognized after his death. The star against the floor, breaks it into a thousand pieces and joined his clay so that the genius of the master continues his work.
Not teach students to merely admire the virtues of big men, but tries to embody in their life projects. We don't need fans or proclaimers of foreign glories, but supporters and followers of his struggles.
The good teacher does not seek both the admiration of the student but it yearns to planted in his life and germinate in its good fruits.
Reading, the true reading, has much to do with what we are saying. Read is not to repeat, it is not merely to capture the information from the author, is rebuild it, recreate it. All real reading means a 'rewrite' by the reader. If there is no recreation, if there is no rewriting, it has not read deeply, as any genuine interpretation is interpretation of the text from the context of one, it is dialogue with the absent author.
From here the importance not only of teaching to read, but mostly to make student readers, capable of dialogue with texts and with the context, able to say a word of personal and creative, to leave by subjects of his word and his life.
Translated for educational purposes

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