The 10 Commandments of Teaching

This week at School Kit – we’ve been thinking about the essential elements, the basic principles of everything we create. We’ve had a lot of discussions about what is and what isn’t negotiable.  It has lead to a manifesto of sorts and because of that we’ve been taking the time to read a broad range of teaching manifestos.  This one caught our eye and touched our soul. Hat tip to Brain Pickings.

British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism champions as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. From the third volume of  The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell: 1944-1969 comes this remarkable micro-manifesto, entitled A Liberal Decalogue — a vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more.

It originally appeared in the December 16, 1951, issue of The New York Times Magazine, at the end of the article “The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism”