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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 10 edition (Aug. 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787996866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787996864
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
Recently I have been teaching Middle School Students as Substitute.
I agree with this book's philosophy. I love to teach younster, but get mad when they do not respoect and listen. My heart is there along with my head.
I need to use my heart more.
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I first read a chapter of this book for a class during undergrad, and the chapter spoke such truth, I decided to order it months later and I'm currently halfway through, and drinking in every minute of it. Get a pen or pencil ready before you read, and don't be afraid to get the pages messy!
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I notice that the more negative reviews posted here are from semi-literate people. Makes sense. If you are actually educated and teaching, this book is extemely inspiring. It is a good counterpoint to the test and assessment-centered madness that is being foisted upon the US by the current radically conservative government. It tells the truth about what makes a good teacher. I highly recommend this book.
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This book was very comforting for me as a newer teacher. I look forward to revisisting it in the later years of my career to help measure growth and guide future changes.
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I would recommend this book for any who are setting out to teach, and for those now teaching, especially in the public schools. Palmer's perspective can be of great help to those seeking to refound public education as a postmodern spiritual quest. In other words, as authentic learning rather than mere schooling. Such a perspective may also help public school teachers to respond with a transformative vision to the narrow agenda of those who would reform edcation with mere convention or sectarianism.
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"The Courage to Teach" should be read again and again. It invokes new insights into your teaching career every time at various points in your life. The concepts are inspiring, and the conclusions honest.
If I have any complaints, it's that at times in the book, the language became a bit thick and abstract, losing the reader in extensive passages that might need to be reread several times to fully understand. For example, a sentence from page 105 reads:
"In rejecting the objectivist model, I have not embraced a relativism that reduces truth to whatever the community decides, for the community of truth includes a transcendent dimension of truth-knowing and truth-telling that takes us beyond relativism and absolutism alike."
To be fair, this quote is taken out of context, and I know that the book is not meant to be read like a pleasure novel... it's much deeper and more though-provoking than that. It's a real gem when Palmer describes examples of his points from classroom experiences, but I found myself choking on the pages of abstract language separating these examples. It took me longer than expected to finish.
Despite my minor misgivings, I highly recommend the book... especially to teachers. It'll be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf for years.
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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not since "Spitwad Sutras: Classroom Teaching as Sublime Vocation" have a read a book so focused on the spirituality of teaching.
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By A Customer on Jan. 1 2001
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This book was required reading in an education course I took. I am so glad that it was. It helped me embrace the contradictions inherent in my profession. So many educators and politicians spend so much time trying to "choose sides" between philosophies that are contradictory, but not necessarily mutually exclusive. I am now much more comfortable with my decisions as a teacher. Reading this book helped me stop being afraid. Most of the time, I prefer books that give specific strategies and techniques to use in the classroom, but without those, this book was definitely worth reading.
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