I just had an email. I have decided not to say from whom, except that I taught him towards the end of last century… Those who were there will know.
I’ve been meaning to write to you for a while. Recently I saw Othello with A** and we got talking on Shakespeare in general and at some stage the conversation drifted towards the role of great teachers and pedagogues and subsequently to you. I vividly remembered how we did Richard III with you in year 11. This was such a memorable experience, because you taught us not dogmas and second hand and second rate opinions, but through stimulated discussions, taught us to think and explore for ourselves. I’ll never forget how you played Bach’s Air for us in class when we read Maestro. Things like this and your discussions gave such resonance to your teaching, that I can without a doubt say, not to have had a more inspiring teacher than yourself and that I will for the rest of my life be grateful for having had you as teacher in year 11. I’ll let Goethe sum up what I’m saying 🙂 :
“A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form”
What can I say? Other than “Thanks!”
The writer originally came from Bosnia. I do remember conversations about that.