Teachers: Trial & Error

Well said:

Teaching is not magical skill transfer from one person to another. A teacher doesn’t let you bypass the trial and error process, that’s not possible. What a teacher does is point out your errors and direct your attention to the difference between what you’re doing and what you should be doing – the function of teaching is to make sure that you know where your error is and to make sure that each new trial gets you a little bit more in the right direction. A teacher’s job is to make it possible for you to eliminate 1000 errors in 1000 tries, whereas on your own it’d take 1000 times longer still because you wouldn’t even know what the error is that’s holding you back, so you’d be going around in circles and changing all the wrong variables – you’d essentially have to invent each step of your skill before being able to learn it, so you’d have to try and err 1000*1000 times just to get to the same skill level as you would in 1000 tries with a good teacher.

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