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The heart of learning : spirituality in education
Glazer, Steven.
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New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, [1999]

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265 pages ; 24 cm.
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"This book grew out of the Spirituality in Education Conference, hosted by the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado during the summer of 1997"--Introd.
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The Heart of Learning asks teachers and students to recommit themselves to what they love most in education. The renown contributors outline a map for enabling us to connect with the very reasons why we teach and learn thus to achieve greater fulfillment in both. Incisive essays by Parker Palmer, Rachel Naomi Remen , and the Tibetan lama Dozgchen Ponlop Rinpoche examine how our unique, individual experiences of the sacred can profoundly enrich how we learn and teach. Writings by bell hooks and the Dalai Lama show how we simultaneously can cultivate both individual beliefs and openness to the diversity of the contemporary classroom. Works by Huston Smith and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explore our need to balance our past histories and traditions with the needs of present and future generations.This extraordinary collection of original work provides a unified, inspiring, and immensely practical new paradigm for how teaching and learning can mean more, accomplish more, and inspire the best in each of us. This book is a must for every teacher, student, parent, and anyone who loves to learn.

Author Notes

Steven Glazer organized the Naropa Institute's landmark conference, "Spirituality in Education," from which this book was created. Long active in the not-for-profit educational world, he has taught in the Newton, Massachusetts, public schools, and lives in Patagonia, Arizona.

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At a time when the doctrine of separation of church and state has led to the neglect of anything spiritual in education, this book examines the need to fill a void in the education offered in U.S. classrooms. This collection of essays by teachers, visionaries, and spiritual leaders, including Rachel Naomi Remen, bell hooks, Rabbi Zalman Schachter, and the Dali Lama, is aimed at parents, students, teachers, and anybody else who cares about learning. The essays examine the possibilities and potentialities of integrating a spiritual element in teaching. The collection is organized into chapters on sacredness, identity, relationship and community, and tradition and innovation. The authors lament the materialism that has resulted from a lack of spiritualism in American culture and support the need to teach an appreciation of what is sacred in life. The authors look to their own personal experiences, varied religious backgrounds, and beliefs to examine what's missing in education, how education has been conducted, and how it should be conducted to achieve a greater sense of spirituality. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)0874779553Vanessa Bush