Family Literacy: Lifelong Learning Across Generations

Inspiring stories from Chinese history

By Cindy Chan, Epoch Times


While this may be a specialized and relatively new field originating in the West, inter-generational teaching and learning are longstanding traditions rooted in many cultures. In modern times, some countries have designated times of the year for celebrating family literacy, such as in January in Canada and in November in the United States.

Canada’s Family Literacy Day on Jan. 27 highlights the joys and benefits of this integration of learning and everyday living. Epoch Times takes this opportunity to showcase some inspiring stories and sayings from ancient China.

If you are a parent, you might have noticed that when you teach your child, learning occurs for both of you, be it some skill or knowledge, a good principle, or a lesson learned.

A passage in the “Classic of Rites,” or “Liji,” one of the core texts of Confucianism, refers to two expressions that speak to this experience: “Teaching and learning are mutually beneficial,” and “Teaching is the other half of learning.”

“It is only after learning that one knows one’s own deficiencies, and only after teaching that one knows the difficulties of learning,” the passage notes.

“Only after knowing one’s own inadequacies can one reflect on and examine oneself, and only after knowing the challenges can one motivate and strengthen oneself to do better.”

In this way, teaching and learning complement and advance one another, helping both the teacher and learner grow.

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