You Can’t Teach Anything

Everybody Loves To Learn
Everybody Loves To Learn

You can’t teach a person anything, you can only help them discover it within themselves.

By jeff noel

Internet's only five-a-day blogger, leaving a trail for our son. This is about putting the spirit of Love at the center of your life. It may be God, Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, Yahweh, etc. For me, it's Jesus.

2 replies on “You Can’t Teach Anything”


That’s why I like the technical term of facilitator. That gives the idea of setting up an environment where learning can occur. Amazingly, lots of people have a tendency to believe that teaching should be one-way, where the teacher pops open the students’ heads and imparts their knowledge on the students, closes their heads back, and sends them on their way “educated.” But it is a relationship, where by the interaction of the the students with the teacher (or the circumstance that acts as a catalyst) causes the students to think and learn.

Now don’t get me wrong – training and development are my passion. And I am not throwing my passion out with the bathwater. But I understand that my best classes where I teach or train are the ones not where I stand and lecture, but where I get the students to interact with the topic.


Bob, your comments are always insightful. Our job is to get people to think for themselves.

A friend once said, you don’t tell the audience the answers.

I said, “That’s right. It’s called facilitation.”

We facilitate the learning, not force feed it or lecture it. We facilitate it. The audience comes up with the answer, insight or epiphany.

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