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June 02, 2004

Fortune of the Day

H. L. Mencken's Law:

Those who can -- do.

Those who can't -- teach.

Martin's Extension:

Those who cannot teach -- administrate.

Posted by Peskie at June 2, 2004 12:00 PM


That is so true, but it still hurts to hear it. LOL

Posted by: dave at June 15, 2004 09:06 AM

I've always heard the 3rd line as "Those who can't teach teach teachers"

Posted by: Graham Lester at June 15, 2004 09:06 AM

Anyone ever noticed that the most effective teachers ARE the one's who not only can do what they teach - but are really enthusiastic about it? Makes you think don't it?

Posted by: The Gray Monk at June 15, 2004 09:06 AM

You are both right....

My mother still says it as "Those who can't teach, teach others to teach".

Let's add a new clause and change Martin's:

Lester's Extension:

Those who can't teach, teach teachers.

Martin's Extension:

Those who can't teach teachers, administrate.

The Gray Monk's Extension:

Those who can't administrate end up being politicians and British Civil Servants.

Posted by: Ozguru at June 15, 2004 09:06 AM

Those who can do.

Those who can’t teach.

Those who can’t teach train teachers.

Those who can’t train teachers write teacher training textbooks.

Those who can’t write teacher training textbooks write state assessment tests.

--Steve Nordby

Posted by: Beloml at June 15, 2004 09:06 AM