The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 20th Anniversary Edition
September 2017, Jossey-Bass
The Courage to Teach speaks to the joys and pains that teachers of every sort know well. Over the last 20 years, the book has helped countless educators reignite their passion, redirect their practice, and deal with the many pressures that accompany their vital work.
Enriched by a new Foreword from Diana Chapman Walsh, the book builds on a simple premise: good teaching can never be reduced to technique. Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher, that core of self where intellect, emotion, and spirit converge—enabling 'live encounters' between teachers, students, and subjects that are the key to deep and lasting learning. Good teachers love learners, learning, and the teaching life in a way that builds trust with students and colleagues, animates their daily practice, and keeps them coming back tomorrow.
- Reclaim your own vision and purpose against the threat of burn-out
- Understand why good teaching cannot be reduced to technique alone
- Explore and practice the relational traits that good teachers have in common
- Learn how to forge learning connections with your students and "teach across the gap"
Whether used for personal study, book club exploration, or professional development, The Courage to Teach is rich with time-honored wisdom, and contemporary clarity about the ancient arts of teaching and learning.
Foreword to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition ix
Diana Chapman Walsh
Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xvii
Parker 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.