Teaching with Reverence: Reviving an Ancient Virtue for Today's Schools

Hardcover | January 15, 2012

byA. G. Rud, Jim Garrison

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Reverence is a forgotten virtue in teaching and learning. Indeed, it is a largely forgotten virtue in American society. This book argues that there is much more to teaching students than merely imparting knowledge. Good teaching involves forming character, molding destinies, creating an enduring passion for learning, appreciating beauty, caring for others, and much more. In some sense of the word, teaching is a spiritual, although not necessarily a religious, activity. When done well, it cultivates human intimacy and allows teachers to find creative self-expression in classroom community. The essays gathered here examine reverence as a way to understand some of the spiritual dimensions of classroom teaching.

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Reverence is a forgotten virtue in teaching and learning. Indeed, it is a largely forgotten virtue in American society. This book argues that there is much more to teaching students than merely imparting knowledge. Good teaching involves forming character, molding destinies, creating an enduring passion for learning, appreciating beaut...

A. G. Rud is dean and professor in the College of Education at Washington State University. He holds an AB in religion from Dartmouth College and a PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University. Rud researches the moral dimensions of teaching, learning, and leading in both K-12 and higher education. His most recent book is Albert Sch...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.7 × 5.66 × 0.63 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023011492X

ISBN - 13:9780230114920

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Reverence and Teaching: Reviving an Ancient Virtue for Today’s Schools * The Practice of Reverent Teaching--Robert Boostrom * Reverence and Love in Teaching--Daniel P. Liston * “To Seek by Way of Silence”--Michael Dale * ‘Spots of Time That Glow’--Reverence, Epiphany, and the Teaching Life: Sam M. Intrator * Awakening Reverence: The Role of Descriptive Inquiry in Developing Perception and Reverence-The Case of the Prospect School Teacher Education Program--Carol Rodgers * Risking Reverence--Elaine J. O’Quinn * Reverence for What? A Teacher’s Quest--William H. Schubert * Lesson One: Reverence--William Ayers * Quotidian Sublimity--Megan J. Laverty * Reverence for Things Not Seen: Implied Creators in Works of Art, Implied Teachers in Creative Pedagogy--Bruce Novak

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'Reverence is central to education, but sadly neglected. I hope teachers at all levels will pay attention to this important topic.' - Paul Woodruff, Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society and Inaugural Dean of Undergraduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin; author of Reverence: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue'In these times when education is being turned into a commodity to prepare workers for the global economy and emotionally neutral and technical forms of teaching and narrow forms of accountability such as 'value added' ratings are being promoted, this book on reverence in teaching is a breath of fresh air. The essays in this book remind us what education and teaching are fundamentally about and will help sustain us through these difficult times and point the way to a more ethically defensible path for schooling.' - Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education, University of Washington'Collected here are essays that help us remember, articulate, and pursue the fundamental aims of education. There are no lectures to readers. Instead, we find multiple well-crafted, inspiring invitations to listen, with reverence, to the aspirations that call us to teach.' - Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon, Professor and Director, Master of Science in Education Program, Northwestern University