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The Courage to Teach

Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

Parker J. Palmer

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"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad -- and whosebad days bring the suffering that comes only from something oneloves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts,because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." - Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction] Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, becausethey care deeply about their students and about their subject. Butthe demands of teaching cause too many educators to lose heart. Isit possible to take heart in teaching once more so that we cancontinue to do what good teachers always do -- give heart to ourstudents? In The Courage to Teach, Parker Palmer takes teachers onan inner journey toward reconnecting with their vocation and theirstudents -- and recovering their passion for one of the mostdifficult and important of human endeavors.


(Teacher Magazine)
"This is the best education book I've read in a long time. Palmerprovides a powerful argument for the need to move from ourover-reliance on technique toward a learning environment that bothhonors and truly develops the deepest human capacities in childrenand teachers. It's about time we remember that it's the personwithin the teacher that matters most in education, and Palmer makesthe case eloquently."
(Academy of Management Review)
"If teaching is just a chore, and you are content to just 'dochores,' this book is not for you. You will be challenged to gobeyond the minimum and pursue excellence. But rather thanapproaching teaching as something we just tolerate, Parker Palmerholds out the promise of it being something we can celebrate."
(Pro Rege)
"Reading this book will enrich the life of any teacher who lovesteaching."
"Parker Palmer is a teacher's teacher, and it is when he writesas a teacher that this book is a remarkably inspiring, almostreligious companion for anyone who has taught or might be thinkingof about teaching as a vocational journey for life.... This bookcan change your life if you are a teacher."
"Through a series of vignettes, Palmer encourages reflection,and strives to bolster readers' initiative and confidence. TheCourage to Teach is an awakening, and a gentle, directive touchthat reaches out to teachers of all levels and ages."
(Russell Edgerton, directorof educational programs, Pew Charitable Trusts, and past president,American Association for Higher Education)
"To go on this journey with Parker Palmer into the unchartedterritory of 'the self' in teaching is not only to experience thejoy of viewing teaching from a thrilling new perspective. It isalso to be in the presence of a great teacher who, by sharinghimself so openly and honestly, engages us in the very kind ofteaching he so eloquently describes."
(JonKabat-Zinn, author, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and coauthor,Everyday Blessings)
"A profoundly moving, utterly passionate, and inspiredarticulation of the call to, and the pain and joy of, teaching. Itis must reading for any and every teacher, at any level."
(Joanna Macy, author, World As Lover, World AsSelf)
"This book is good news--not just for classroom teachersand educators, but for all of us who are committed to the healingof our world."
(Margaret J. Wheatley, author, Leadership and the NewScience, and coauthor, A Simpler Way)
"Parker Palmer has taught me more about learning and teachingthan anyone else. The Courage to Teach is for all ofus--leaders, public officials, counselors, as well asteachers. It compassionately and insistently asks us to recognizethat our capacity to do good work springs from our recognition ofwho we are."
(Diana Chapman Walsh, president, Wellesley College)
"This is a profoundly satisfying feast of a book--writtenwith a rare mix of elegance and rigor, passion andprecision--a gift to all who love teaching and learning."
(Robert Coles, UniversityHealth Services, Harvard University)
"Evokes the heart of what teachers really do, and does so in avivid, compelling, and soulful way."
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Bildungswesen, Education, Hochschulen / Lehren u. Lernen, Teaching & Learning (Higher Education)