Friday, November 20, 2009


Hi y'all I'm Bo Lumpkin and I've been thinkin'.

While I was studyin' my new English book I bought I realized just how dangerous my writin' has been. Someone could have easily been run down by a stampede of run on sentences or injured by a dangling participle. I might have to start puttin' a warnin' label on my website. WARNING BAD GRAMMAR IN USE. Read at own Risk. Someone could wind up with a conjunction.

If had paid more attention in school I reckon I would have learned some of this stuff. The problem was that no one made me want to learn it.

I believe a good teacher is not one who knows the answers to the questions but one who makes the students question. Most of the time in the classroom is spent with notes going from the teacher's notebook into the student's notebook without ever going through either one of their brains.

Most of my teachers never made me want to learn. A student's curiosity must be stimulated. I reckon what I'm sayin' is the old sayin' "you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink," is wrong. You can make him drink if your give him enough salt. You have to make him thirsty, he'll drink. My teachers never made me thirsty.

I reckon after a while I got thirsty on my own and the water of knowledge is pretty satisfyin'.

I'm Bo Lumpkin and I've been thinkin' I hope all this learnin' don't mess me up. Whatchall been thinkin'? Leave me a comment or write me an email to


  1. I have found the older I get the more curious I become. If I had been this curious as a child, I could have been a much better student, and possibly been more successful as an adult. I am enjoying my adulthood as a learner and I hope as a teacher. It is definitely true that one never gets too old to learn. Excellent message today.

  2. I believe our elected officials went through the educational system you described-they seem to be dead from the neck up.


  3. I'm gonna have to agree with Steve that politians seem to be the product of the educational system you described Bo. I gonna extend that description to most people in leadership though. But since I can't do much about them, I'm going to take your advice about putting salt in the water where teaching is concerned. You're a wise man Bo Lumpkin.

  4. I was weird. I read in art class and drew pictures in my other classes. I guess I'm just a contrary kinda guy. :)

  5. I think that you're about righ! AND I think that salt is tasty. I'm suddenly craving pretzels.

  6. You've got that right, Bo. However, I think from time to time, we come across teachers that inspire us, but they are a dime a dozen. Well said.


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