Claudia said, “But, Mrs. Frankweiler, you should want to learn one new thing every day. We did even at the Museum.”
“No,” I answered, “I don’t agree with that. I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.” (from From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg)
Kristi is having issues with spotty internet this week, and rather than neglecting her quotes, she asked if I would fill in, and I am very glad to do so.
I’ve been spending a lot of time working on applications for Ph.D. programs this week, and it is good to remember these wise words from Mrs. Frankweiler. Learning isn’t just about accumulating facts; it’s about really knowing something and letting it become a part of you. That’s when learning stops being a chore and begins to be fulfilling. As a teacher, this is what I always hope to help my students learn.