[Ads-l] Adage: Tell Me and I Forget; Teach Me and I May Remember; Involve Me and I Learn

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 27 18:11:28 UTC 2019

Here is an earlier solid match:

[ref] 1954 October 17, The Sunday Press (Binghamton Press), Learning
by Doing Emphasized In Binghamton Primary Grades by Kennett C. Johnson
(Sunday Press Writer), Quote Page 3C, Column 1, Binghamton, New York.
(Newspapers_com) [/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Instruction of youngsters in the first, second and third grades in the
Binghamton School District is conducted on a plane by which children
learn best.

Which is:
What I hear I may forget.
What I see I may remember,
But what I do I will know.
[End excerpt]


On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 11:41 AM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have received eight requests to explore the popular pedagogical
> saying which appears in the subject line. This saying is typically
> credited to Benjamin Franklin, Confucius, or Xunzi. There was a
> related discussion thread back in December 2014.
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2014-December/135198.html
> Barry Popik has a pertinent entry here:
> http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/tell_me_and_i_forget_teach_me_and_i_may_remember_involve_me_and_i_will_lear/
> Now the QI website has an entry:
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2019/02/27/tell/
> The QI entry includes some new information (or information that is not
> readily accessible online):
> (1) Another precursor version of the saying from the Shuo Yuan
> (2) A 1923 translation of the germane passage from Xunzi. This is the
> earliest published translation into English known (to me).
> (3) Instances in 1953 and 1955. These are the first solid matches known (to me).
> Garson O'Toole

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