Quote Dissection: Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”

– Confucius

     Of all the teachers who had ever lived, Confucius was one of the greatest. The quote above is one that I admire. The reason it holds so much importance to me is that, as an aspiring teacher, it tells of the one of the best methods of teaching. Below, I will dissect each sentence within the quote:

  • “I hear and I forget.”: If you are told how to do something you will not retain the info. How many times have you been told something only to forget about it shortly after? This basically explains it all. You cannot retain information simply by hearing it.
  • “I see and I remember.”: If you observe someone else doing something, you will retain it. You will have the ability to share and recall the information after seeing it first-hand.
  • “I do and I understand.”: When one performs something, they are able to realize the point. They end up knowing the reasons and why.

When we perform something we grasp it in its entirety. Only seeing or only hearing cannot paint for us a full picture. This is why, as teachers, we need to guide our students and allow them to perform things for themselves. Confucius truly was a well-respected teacher and this quote shows us why. He knew how to teach an how to do so effectively.


Author: Evan DeHaven

My name is Evan G. DeHaven. I make posts, essays, rants, you name it, about my strong opinions and beliefs. I'm never afraid to speak my mind and I hope to inspire others to do the same. I do hope you enjoy my content.

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