Socrates: I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think
Galileo: You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves.
Einstein: I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
Interestingly, the thought is common in these three quotes by three of the greatest thinkers separated significantly both by space and time. Superficially this thought appears as an antithesis of the idea that education and teachers can make a difference. However, a deeper reflection reveals that if education and teachers have to make a difference, they need to follow a different approach. Therefore as teachers, before we take the responsibility to teach, we need to understand how humans learn . Then we can design our own approach to make our students think, help them discover it within themselves, and provide the conditions in which they can learn . As teachers, if in our classes, we don’t do either of these, we end up doing something that does not result in students’ learning. Lot of effort by us as well as students gets wasted in the process. It is unfortunate that because of past habits and un-examined beliefs, the education managers, educators, parents, and even students fail to realize this wastage.