The Soul of Education

The Soul of Education

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Foreword by Parker Palmer * How can educators and parents of diverse backgrounds come together to find ways to invite soul into schools? * How do educators address qsoulq in education without violating the separation of church and state or the deeply held beliefs of families and students? In this book, Rachael Kessler shows how. Based on the deeply moving stories and profound questions of students themselves, each chapter responds to the yearnings young people express: Deep Connection, Meaning and Purpose, Silence, Joy, Creativity, Transcendence, and Initiation--each evokes a gateway to inviting soul into the classroom. Without healthy forums led by responsible adults, young people seek these gateways on their own, sometimes in destructive ways like drugs, sex, suicide, hazing, and even murder. Helping students find constructive ways to express their longings increases their motivation to learn; stay in school; strengthen ties to family and friends; and approach adult life with vitality, character, and vision. This practical and inspirational sourcebook will support school communities that are committed to preventing violence and alienation and producing responsible, caring citizens.Words. and. Deeds. of. Teachers. and. Other. Elders. I have not been trained as a counselor, protest many teachers. ... The methods described in this book are finding their way into our educational culture in a variety of exciting ways. ... An 8th grade English teacher organizes the entire curriculum around the theme of relationship and love, selecting literature that relates to these themes (Trustees of anbsp;...

Title:The Soul of Education
Author: Rachael Kessler
Publisher:ASCD - 2000

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