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'Do Not Feel Absolutely Certain of Anything': 10 Teaching Commandments From a 'Liberal Decalogue'

Liz Dwyer

What are the responsibilities of a teacher? In the third volume of his autobiography, Bertrand Russell, a British "philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic" wrote "A Liberal Decalouge," a list of 10 commandments that "as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate." His must-read list has some sage advice for 21st century educators (and learners)—"Do not feel absolutely certain of anything"—is commandment number one.

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  • Pam Parsons

    'Do not feel absolutely certain of anything'' should be hung in every school room in the USA.this also lmportant to remember in our personal lives!

    • Liz Dwyer

      Agreed, Pam. It embodies an attitude of constant learning--which is something the most successful teachers surely have.

      • Pam Parsons

        the world would would be a much nicer environment if more folks lived by this creed.where can i read the other 9 commandments?

        • Liz Dwyer

          Click on the link at the bottom of the post and it'll take you there!

          • Pam Parsons

            thanks.still slow on my computing skills.just started in jan.

            • Liz Dwyer

              Oh that's awesome, Pam, and glad to help out. :)