ON THE EXCELLENCE OF LEARNING
Sons of Adam from learning will find perfection—
Not from dignity, and rank, and wealth, and property.
Like a taper one must melt in pursuit of learning,
Since without learning one cannot know God.
A man of wisdom is a student of learning,
For the market of wisdom is always brisk.
Whoever is fortunate as regards Eternity,
Maketh choice of the pursuit of knowledge.
This pursuit of knowledge is a duty on thy part,
Even if it be necessary to traverse the earth.
Go, seize fast hold of the skirt of knowledge,
For learning will convey thee to everlasting abodes.
Seek nought but knowledge if thou art wise,
For it is neglectful to remain without wisdom.
From learning there will come to thee perfection as regards religion and the world,
For thine affairs will be settled by knowledge.
Sadi's Scroll of Wisdom
Sadi encourages teachers to be intellectual coaches who can engage students in the Socratic dialogue. He believes that a teacher must be a model of intellectual and rational powers. He or she must be capable of logical analyses, be comfortable with the scientific method, be well versed in the classics, possess a good memory, and be capable of the highest form of mental reasoning.
Teachers should motivate students to explore the assumptions under which people seem to have been operating when constructing their messages.
Assumptions are ideas that are taken for granted and assumed that others share the same assumptions; they are usually implied, rather than expressed.
Unwarranted assumptions prevent thinking about useful questions and exploring the consequences that flow from assumptions.
Assumptions are made when there is doubt, when it cannot be said with certainty that a fact is correct.