Just before starting a new school year, our teachers received an inspiriting talk about education. The literature teacher, communicator, TV conductor and Chilean poet, Cristian Warken, emphasized the wonders of pedagogy based on the book entitled La Pasión de Enseñar (The Teaching Passion) that shows the pedagogical thinking of the Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral.
Warnken, who during the start of his career was Teacher of Literature at SC, urged our teachers to teach their lessons with all beauty and love: “Just as Mistral used to say, a class must be a work of art. She also used to say: ‘when I give a beautiful lesson, I am happier than Michelangelo when he finished his David.’” And Warnken continued: “Because there is nothing sadder for a teacher than a student proving that the class is the same as the textbook.”
Pedagogy is one of the best schools that a professional can have -he said-, “I was a teacher for many years, and the most important things that I learnt and helped me in what I am doing now, I learnt in a classroom. Degrees are important, graduate and post-graduate courses are equally so, but the essence of a teacher is not shown there,” he ended.
Warnken’s words, his mention of renowned authors and his quoting Gabriela Mistral touched our faculty, who were excited with the conversation and encouraged to start a new teaching period.