Wishing all a happy Dental Hygienists Week (April 5-11, 2015)! What better way to inspire dental hygienists than to showcase the future.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” (unconfirmed poet)
The quote above is often attributed to William Butler Yeats. Other sources will tell you it’s a translation and paraphrase from Plutarch. At the end of the day, it probably doesn’t matter because the real meat of this quote is the sentiment behind it.
As with anything, there can be multiple interpretations but at its core the author is likely pointing to two critical elements that are the true power of the student voice. First, students gather their knowledge throughout their education much like a person gathering kindling for a fire. What they learn does not merely dribble in but rather is gathered with one piece building on the next and the next and so on. Secondly, that knowledge, as it is gathered like kindling for a fire, comes to form a body of scholarship that can be used to inspire and generate that ‘fire’. The fire in this case of course being ideas and innovation, both of which form the building blocks of professional leadership.