If you don’t let a teacher know at what level you are…

If you don’t let a teacher know at what level you are–by asking a question, or revealing your ignorance–you will not learn or grow. You cannot pretend for long, for you will eventually be found out. Admission of ignorance is often the first step in our education.

~ Stephen R. Covey

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Homework is bad for self-esteem

Hobbes: Aren’t you supposed to be doing homework now?
Calvin: I quit doing homework. Homework is bad for my self-esteem.
Hobbes: It is?
Calvin: Sure! It sends the message that I don’t know enough! All that emphasis on right answers makes me feel bad when I get them wrong. So instead of trying to learn, I’m just concentrating on liking myself the way I am.
Hobbes: Your self-esteem is enhanced by remaining an ignoramus?
Calvin: Please! Let’s call it “informationally impaired.”

~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes

You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.

~ Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451