The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
Parker J. Palmer, one of the Living Spiritual Teachers profiled on this website, has taught for more than 30 years and is a senior adviser to the Fetzer Institute. He is the founder of the Courage to Teach Project for k-12 teachers nationwide. His book on the subject is an exhilarating and illuminating read designed to help teachers emphasize identity and integrity over technique, honor the sanctity of students and their yearning for knowledge, and realize afresh the community of truth and "grace of great things."
Palmer tackles some of the major challenges facing educators who have lost heart. He suggests ways to reclaim selfhood, overcome fear, and deal with paradox. He believes that teachers must jettison the armor of self-protective professional autonomy and cherish the conversation of colleagues.
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