When the student is ready the teacher will appear.
When the student is truly ready… the teacher will disappear.
These well known statements don’t seem to have a verifiable source.
The “teacher” in the first statement does not need to have to be a human.
It can be a situation,nature or an inner guide.
It can be experienced as a moment of epiphany.
We also have a story of the 24 Gurus of Dattatreya(https://lnkd.in/duUriTXg 24 Gurus are: Earth, Water, Fire,Wind, space, moon, sun, flock of pigeons, Python, ocean, moth, bumblebee, honeybee, elephant, deer, fish, prostitute, bird with worm in beak, crying baby, silence, snake, arrow-maker,spider, and a worm.
Let’s turn to the 2nd statement now. On the first reading, it’s difficult to appreciate how the teacher disappears when the learner is ready.
On further reflection, what it implies is that the learner has now developed ‘learning power’, a concept articulated by Guy Claxton ( https://lnkd.in/fQQqrwF).
Building Learning Power (BLP) is an approach to learning created by Professor Guy Claxton. It is based on the idea that we are all capable of becoming better learners through a variety of strategies and techniques. It depends on a learning culture that encourages children and teachers to become better learners without fear of failure, develops confidence and develop an understanding of learning processes.
Soon after chatGPT was launched,Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that self-learning through technology is an opportunity for today’s generation: https://lnkd.in/d9FJN9Jh Press release from PMO dated: 20 JAN 2023 11:59AM by PIB Delhi Nowadays, you can learn many things with a YouTube tutorial, or learn an entirely new language with a single app. And the recently introduced Generative AI Chatbots like chatGPT and Bard serve to accelerate this self-learning. The NEP 2020 at para 4.6 states that its thrust will be to move the education system towards real understanding and ‘learning how to learn’ – and away from the culture of rote learning. Self-Learning is perhaps the most important 21st Century Skill. Once a person has ‘learnt how to learn’ the person is on the way to become a self-learner. Robert Frost, the famous poet and Professor said “ I am not a teacher, I am an awakener”. And Richard Feynman in his famous “ Lectures on Physics” quoted Edward Gibbons ‘ and the power of instruction is of little efficacy except in those fortunate dispositions, where it is almost superfluous’. In other words the teacher has disappeared. The futurist Thomas Frey says “If we continue to insert a teacher between us and everything we need to learn, we cannot possibly learn fast enough to meet the demands of the future”.
I am working on a book “ When Teachers were human”, which should be available in the 3rd week of July 2023. The book will cover dispositions, strategies and AI powered tools for self-learning for the Eklavya and the Dattatreya of today.