Education is knowledge in action.
With the power of the poet, William Butler Yeats captures the action of learning visually through metaphor. Learners are not empty buckets, but brains full of interests, ideas, creativity, and previous knowledge. One cannot fill the brain of another because it is already full, but one can actively alter the neural pathways and networks to generate better, more critical thinking.
- Learning comprises active incorporation and use of wisdom in a person's life.
- Education spreads wisdom, engaging and changing the teacher and learner.
- A teacher does not fill empty minds of students, but causes full minds to actively catch fire and spread, altering permanently their neurological makeup, enabling more critical thinking.