Each One Teach One

Each one teach one is an African-American proverb. Its origins can be traced from slaveowners forbidding slaves from learning to read to keep them ignorant of their circumstances.

Each one teach one was a mantra, for when one enslaved person was taught to read, then it’s that person’s duty to pass on their knowledge to someone else.

This same strategy was used by a Christian minister in the Philippines to teach reading to over 60 million people.

This should be everyone’s mantra, that when they are taught something, they must share that knowledge with someone else.

The power of the internet and writing is that rather than each one teach one model, it can be an each one teach all model. And this is exactly why I write.

February 10, 2020

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