I am sitting just a few months shy of my second Master’s. Three weeks after I get that, I undertake a second opportunity to get a doctorate, only this time at age 50 instead of age 32. In one of the uncounted number of random thoughts that come during periods of solitude, I was considering what the difference is between a student and a scholar. A student sees studying as the means to an end such as a diploma or a degree. A scholar sees studying as a beginning without needing a particular end in sight. When I was 32, I was merely a student. Today, I am scholar.
Good teaching always results in two things for the student, increased knowledge of the subject matter accompanied by a proportional knowledge of the degree of the student’s ignorance thereof. This is essential to lifelong learning because while the first produces the second, it is the second that motivates the first.