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Teaching with Bravery: Meditation and Heart Advice for Teachers

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Christine Heming reviews the new book by Acharya Noel McLellan.

In the Introduction to Teaching with Bravery, Noel McLellan places his “Heart Advice” within the daunting realities of our time – “ecological crisis, social injustice, economic disparities, and political conflicts.” School is the “place where the forces of our culture gather and soak into the lives of our youth.”  It is where the young “grow up and are shaped into members of adult society.”  When education focuses on curriculum and measuring outcomes (i.e., standardized testing), it ignores the deep cultural patterning that is taking place, and does so at students’ and society’s peril.

It is often said that the future lies in the hands of our children and McLellan asks us to think about just what it is we choose to put in those hands.  Learning how to think is important, but it is not enough.  Students need to rediscover the wisdom in their bodies, in their hearts, and in their relationships to nature and each other.  This is what it means to teach with bravery.


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Posted May 27, 2019 by alexvangils
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Posted March 31, 2019 by alexvangils

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Posted March 8, 2019 by luz_rodriguez
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Posted February 24, 2019 by alexvangils

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