sage on the stage

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A sage on the stage

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sage on the stage ‎(plural sages on the stage or sages on stages)

  1. (education, sometimes mildly derogatory) An educator, especially at the postsecondary level, who imparts knowledge by lecturing to an audience; the method of imparting knowledge used by such an educator.
    • 1981 August 6, "‘Gifted Students’ Classes Offered," Harlan Daily Enterprise (USA), p. 5 (retrieved 1 Sept 2013):
      Mrs. Johnson said the teacher for the gifted and talented will be more of a "guide on the side" rather than a "sage on the stage."
    • 2006 August 25, Nina Vizcarrondo, "Sci-Fi Today, Sci-Fact Tomorrow," Time (retrieved 1 Sept 2013):
      Case Western has always been an advocate of what Williams calls the "sage on the stage versus the guide on the side" learning method.
    • 2011 Dec. 15, Robert D. Dinerstein, "Limitations to the Method," New York Times (retrieved 1 Sept 2013):
      But the limitations of the method as usually employed — . . . its fostering of passivity on the part of those students not involved in the dialogue, and its privileging of the professor as the sage on the stage — are serious impediments.

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