Author(s): Jack Lasenby
'His humour was pawky, most of his lessons sly, and part of their effectiveness lay in his expectations.' - Jack Lasenby describing the teaching-methods of an old bush man, to give an example for effective teaching. '...Our secondary and tertiary systems still labour under the disadvantage of measuring teachers by their knowledge of, and academic qualifications for subjects. A university education is often a good thing in itself, but no degree will make a teacher, a fact so simple and so profound, it almost escapes notice in an age more concerned with qualifications than with the art of teaching itself. The learnerÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs actual words are "Show me howÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦" not "Tell me howÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦", yet so much of secondary and tertiary teaching is founded on the laterÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¦' Few people are as well qualified to make the above comment. Jack Lasenby has taught in the classroom, he has taught teachers; for many years he was editor of the School Journal. Lasenby looks back over his own life. He introduces us to those who taught him ÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ some are fishermen, bush men, academics, intellectuals. The reader sees how Lasenby has picked his own community; gone looking for instruction from diverse sources.