Teaching Wonder

All knowledge of any depth . . . begins with amazement.

Everything depends upon leading the learner to recognize the amazing qualities, the mirandum, the “novelty” of the subject under discussion.

If the teacher succeeds in doing this, he has done something more important than and quite different from making knowledge entertaining and interesting.

He has, rather, put the learner on the road to genuine questioning. And it is genuine questioning that inspires all true learning.

Josef Pieper

From Guide to Thomas Aquinas.

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