Here is Martin Shuster on the task (and pleasure) of teaching.
One of my intellectual heroes, Hannah Arendt, suggests that as moderns, we look at the past as a deep, but chaotic sea floor, ready for ‘pearl diving.’ What I take her to mean is that we are subject to various traditions, some living, others dead, but most buried, often by pain and suffering, and so wholly or partially hidden. As a teacher, I help students dive for pearls, i.e., for items important to them. In this way, I see philosophy as a historical affair, and also a current and ethical one. It is historical because to do philosophy well requires understanding its history, it is a current one because we can also be irreverent towards that past, taking elements we need now, while discarding others; finally, it is an ethical one to the extent that it critically lays bare thoughts, ideas, hopes, and events that otherwise might be forgotten or unpopular.
What a fine credo !