The highest function of the teacher consists not so much in imparting knowledge as in stimulating the pupil in the love and pursuit of knowledge. To know how to suggest is the art of teaching.
Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)
What qualifies being a mentor? If the term does take up its original root, it should mean “one who causes another to think.” I would add to this, “…for his/her own good.”
The mentor is that one who challenges the thinking of the youth. IN this regard, mentorship is the proper role of education. If educating is to lead another out–out of her preconceptions, out of her self delusions, out of her habitual behavior–then the one who causes another to think for his/her own good must be the true educator, the true pedagog.
- that kind of desire that seeks the full realization of the other
- that kind of friendship that seeks mutual liberty
- that kind of charity that imparts knowledge gracefully