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I wonder whether the word "unteachable" is used is the same meaning as incorrigible in English.
For example, if I tell a child not to touch e.g. an iron and he always touches it (although he's burnt his fingers several times) and never learns from this, shall I call him incorrigible or unteacheble? Is there a difference between the adectives?
Thank you for your answers
Unteachable should only apply to someone who is so profoundly mentally handicapped that he can only be trained to perform simple tasks. My own experiences as a teacher in a prison, however, seem to belie that assumption.
Incorrigible means that the person can't be changed or influenced. This is not necessarily a negative trait although it is usually used that way. A person can be either an incorrigible liar or an incorrigible optimist.
When a teacher says that a student is incorrigible he means that the student's behavior is unacceptable and can't be controlled.
When a teacher says that a student is unteachable he means that the student is unwilling to put any effort into his own education.