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This is my fifth image quote update for the week:

The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners.

My original image quotable quote was:

The danger of lectures is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners.

This is one of those image quotes that 1) speaks for itself, and 2) had a great CC image from Flickr (thankfully, still available online).

This is my fourth image quote update for the week:

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. -- Lord Alexander.

My original image quotable quote was:

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself. -- Lord Alexander.

All this is to say that we should pursue answers by seeking meaningful and powerful questions first. While this might seem intuitive, we sometimes forget to do this in schooling — answers are provided before questions are asked; artificial solutions are given before authentic problems are identified.

This is my third image quote update for the week:

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

My original image quotable quote was:
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Most quotes for change seem to be directed at change agents in an attempt to inspire and motivate. This quote is aimed squarely at the brickbats: Help, do not hinder. If you cannot help, do not get in the way.

This is my second updated image quote for the week.

Theory without practice is sterile. Practice without theory is blind.

My original image quotable quote was:
Practice without theory is blind. Theory without practice is sterile.

Some might say that the quote is about maintaining a balance between theory and practice. I would go one step further and point out that it is about praxis — the art of putting theory into practice and in doing so possibly generating more useful theory.

I started making image quotes with Google Presentations in May 2015. I called that early series quotable quotes.

My current tool of choice is pablo.buffer.com and I now CC attribute the images more precisely.

This week I am revisiting some of the older image quotes and updating them. The first update is one of my favourites:

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

My original image quotable quote was:
We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

When I find a juicy quote like this, I do at least three things:

  1. Try to verify that is was actually said and why.
  2. Find out more about the person who said it.
  3. Create an image quote of it.

Edison's electric light did not come about from the continuous improvement of candles. ~ Oren Harari

A quick search revealed Oren Harari to be a business and management professor. The context of the quote seems to be that of encouraging startups to think and act differently.

The quote seems to have made its way into educational circles as thought leaders seek to challenge outdated teaching practices or correct misplaced notions of “innovative” teaching.

I would have liked to have reused the candle bulbs image, but it was not CC-licensed. So I found an alternative.
 

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. -- Mark Twain.

This warm and fuzzy quote might elicit vigorous nods and stories among those who like to travel.

I like travelling, I nodded when I found and read this quote, and I can tell a travel-related tale if need be. But let us spare a thought for those who do not like to travel.

An acquaintance reminded me of how some folk do not travel well. Her travel mate packed instant noodles and three-in-one coffee in her suitcase.

I can raise that bet. I know of folks who will pack rice cookers and rice. And brag about it. That is their travel tale.

Travel does not guarantee a change in perspective. Organisations that require their workers to go on “learning journeys” often have that change goal in mind. Unfortunately, they underestimate how entrenched people can be. 

Just because the body travels does not mean that the mind and heart do. 


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