“Unreflecting superintendents and school boards often prefer enthusiastic teachers to those who are simply well educated or experienced. They count, not untruly, that enthusiasm will accomplish more with poor learning and little skill than the best trained and most erudite teacher who has no heart in his work, and who goes through his task without zeal for progress and without care for results. But why choose either the ignorant enthusiast or the educated sluggard? Enthusiasm is not confined to the unskilled and the ignorant, nor are all calm, cool men idlers. Conscience and the strong sense of right and duty often exist where the glow of enthusiasm is unknown or has passed away. And there is an enthusiasm born of skill – a joy in doing what one can do well – that is far more effective, where art is involved, than the enthusiasm born of vivid feeling. The steady advance of veterans is more powerful than the mad rush of raw recruits. The world’s best work, in schools as in the shops, is done by calm, steady, and persistent efforts of skilled workmen who know how to keep their tools sharp, and to make every effort reach its mark.”

– John Milton Gregory, The Seven Laws of Teaching

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