What It Means to Be Teachable

A person is wrongly thought to be teachable if he is passive and pliable. On the contrary, teachability is an extremely active virtue. No one is really teachable who does not freely exercise his power of independent judgment. He can be trained, perhaps, but not taught. The most teachable reader, therefore, is the most critical.

– Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book.

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