Heart of the Matter

I found out about this Friday meme over at Heart of the Matter where you post your thoughts about the following quote.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– William Butler Yeats

I love this imagery for a couple of reasons. A fire being is active versus a pail that is static. The pail is filled by someone else where as a fire consumes its own fuel and if you don’t provide it, it will reach out and grab it if it is near. A pail is the same filled or empty, but a fire will die without fuel. A pail can only carry so much but a fire can burn forever.

The imagery of the fire is what I desire for my children. It isn’t about individual facts but a love for learning and a yearn for more. The unquenchable fire…..

So what do you think?

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