ENG301 Business Communication GDB Solution Spring 2013

The discussion topics are:

“The real art of Conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Comment.



“He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.” Comment.


The phrase “he who can, does; he who cannot, teaches” is a criticism of the teaching profession. This has never been heard around my house or where I have been. My Daddy was a chemistry professor and education was always important. I grew up around teachers and for the most part enjoyed school. I never enjoyed being bullied, but I enjoyed learning.
People might think that this phrase originates from somebody who was not a person that wrote or did much criticism. It would make sense if that were true. However, this phrase comes from the author and the playwright, George Bernard Shaw.

(I thought of putting an explanation point there because of the shock and surprise, but it didn’t seem appropriate.)

The origin of the phrase is from Shaw’s 1903 play Man and Superman . The play is subtitled “A Comedy and Philosophy.” It is included as Maxim 36 in Maxims for the Revolutionists. The characters in the play discusses existential topics in long speeches.

Man and Superman , though formerly considered dramatically tedious and unsound, is now considered a landmark in the genre of what are known as “idea plays.”

From knowing that the origin of the phrase, “he who can, does; he who cannot, teaches,” it is uncertain if Shaw actually believed that teachers were, as Bob Dylan put it, “the mongrel dogs who teach.”

However, he has another quote that says, “A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education,” which makes it fairly obvious. His biography states that he had an irregular eduction and this was due to his dislike for any organized training.