CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF PARKER J. PALMER′S CLASSIC WORK
"This is the best education book I′ve read in a long time. Palmer provides a powerful argument for the need to move from our over–reliance on technique toward a learning environment that both honors and truly develops the deepest human capacities in children and teachers. It′s about time we remember that it′s the person within the teacher that matters most in education, and Palmer makes the case eloquently."
"If teaching is just a chore, and you are content to just ′do chores,′ this book is not for you. You will be challenged to go beyond the minimum and pursue excellence. But rather than approaching teaching as something we just tolerate, Parker Palmer holds out the promise of it being something we can celebrate."
Academy of Management Review
"Parker Palmer is a teacher′s teacher, and it is when he writes as a teacher that this book is a remarkably inspiring, almost religious companion for anyone who has taught or might be thinking about teaching as a vocational journey for life.... This book can change your life if you are a teacher."
"Through a series of vignettes, Palmer encourages reflection, and strives to bolster readers′ initiative and confidence. The Courage to Teach is an awakening, and a gentle, directive touch that reaches out to teachers of all levels and ages."
"To go on this journey with Parker Palmer into the uncharted territory of ′the self′ in teaching is not only to experience the joy of viewing teaching from a thrilling new perspective. It is also to be in the presence of a great teacher who, by sharing himself so openly and honestly, engages us in the very kind of teaching he so eloquently describes."
Russell Edgerton, former director of educational programs, Pew Charitable Trusts, and past president, American Association for Higher Education
Foreword to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition ixDiana Chapman Walsh
Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xviiParker J. Palmer
Introduction: Teaching from Within 1
I The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching 9
II A Culture of Fear: Education and the Disconnected Life 35
III The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching and Learning 63
IV Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things 91
V Teaching in Community: A Subject–Centered Education 117
VI Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues 145
VII Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope 169
Afterword: The New Professional:
Education for Transformation 191
The Author 225
The Center for Courage & Renewal 227
About the Companion Media 229
PARKER J. PALMER is a highlyrespected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. He is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which offers long–term retreat programs for people in the serving professions, including teachers, administrators, physicians, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and clergy. Author of nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and The Heart of Higher Education, Palmer has been recognized with thirteen honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.