"To educate is to guide students on an inner journey toward more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world," writes Parker Palmer in this bestselling book, now available in a 10th anniversary edition with a CD containing an exclusive conversation with Parker Palmer about the Courage to Teach Movement past, present, and future.
Palmer, who has taught for more than 30 years and is a senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute, defines spirituality as "the diverse ways we answer the heart's longing to be connected with the largeness of life." This exhilarating and illuminating work is designed to help teachers of all stripes emphasize identity and integrity over technique, honor the sanctity of students and their yearning for knowledge, and realize afresh the community of truth and "the 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. The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer brims over with spiritual insights into the mystery and the magnificence of knowing, teaching, and learning.