The value of example


September 30

Educational authorities frequently repeat that education never ends and one of the cores of this law of education is continuous education.
This is especially necessary for educators (parents and teachers) because they have to develop themselves as individuals, parents, educators, professionals and Christians to improve other people.
Teachers pretend that young people are educated, have the habit of reading and study, know how to take advantage of free time for their personal enrichment and that their subsequent work has a purpose of service to others. But parents and teachers should set an example in all of this.
Teachers educate students with their words, but above everything with the way they are and their example. Experts in education say that words move, but the example is drawn. The example given in the family is the footprint that remains in children. The behaviour of parents is a stimulus and points the way for the behaviour of their children. They admire their teachers and parents for their capacity to fight to improve themselves as individuals.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this matter is consistency. It is essential for parents to be consistant between what they say and what they do, as well as between what they demand from their children and what they demand from themselves. If this consistency is applied, parents will gain in prestige and credibility to exercise authority in the family.
If teachers neglect their own personal development it will be difficult to achieve the internal development of children and students, because they will only educate those who make an effort to improve their own level of development; only teach those who are still learning in adulthood and only help to mature those who have a certain level of maturity.
All this leads to a certain requirement of self-education by teachers, because no one can give what they do not have

Arturo Ramo

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