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I read Palmer's popular, sincere, and well-written book about 15 years ago after a colleague and friend of mine recommended it to me, saying I would love it. But more than anything, rather than excite me, the book made me uneasy, all his talk about teaching as a lofty vocation, courage, passion, and so on. I mean, I truly *enjoy* what I do, but all this stuff about "courage" and "vocation" and so on was (and remains) foreign to me and had an opposite effect on me, like, "Jeez, am I the irresponsible one because I only 'enjoy' being a professor rather than seeing it as a marvelously courageous act called forth by some grand, towering, exalted vision and principle?"

But, for my colleagues who are quite indeed called forth by the latter, I highly recommend this book -- you will love it. Of course, you'll probably want the more recent 20th Anniversary edition, which I'm sure offers further reflections on the profundities that you may have experienced in your calling.
Parker J. Palmer's The Courage to Teach is a book absolutely critical for someone in a teaching position, or interested in teaching. However, though it is about teaching, anyone and everyone can benefit from reading it. It transcends the subject of teaching and is applicable to life in general. The book is, and I am not exaggerating, a fountain of profound knowledge.

Palmer talks about the flaws of objectivism and its effect on the teacher's mind, as well as the student's mind (and really, on the average American's mind). He contends that it creates disconnectedness that makes proper learning impossible. In that disconnectedness, we divide apart our world and engage in flawed mindsets like competition.

He expresses the need for a teacher to provide community for students, through being connected with the subject and connected with them. One has to be made vulnerable in order to really teach and to really learn. He describes teaching and learning as a great paradox, but a paradox that must be embraced if we are to learn and teach properly.

Palmer suggests that the modern mind is full of division and disconnectedness and must be remedied by community and connectedness. Throughout the book, he shows how this can be accomplished in various ways. It is a truly profound book. I have learned a lot from reading it and I highly recommend it.
Parker Palmer gets the fact that teaching is establishing relationships. These relationships are meaningful and intentional. They take time and effort and provide a trajectory for our life. Teaching according to Palmer, is a sacred act (I believe the same) that requires us to think deeply about what we, as teachers, are attempting to accomplish. In this guide Palmer provides us with questions that deepen the meaning of teaching and help us to realize the sacredness of our work. I have taught for many years and this guide gives me the springboard to hope and renewal in the teaching profession. In using this book with two freshmen education students, I was awed by their understanding of what it means to be an educator of students. This generation will provide the students with hope, love, success and knowledge about the world in which they live and the society they serve!
i had to buy this for yoga certification in which i am VERY Excited about. book is easy read but since i teach, mostly common sense. a few AHA moments though:)
No tricks here, just a fresh perspective on what teaching is all about. Most teaching books are full of half-baked ideas about what works (often based on research that has been interpreted poorly), but this book is more of a general philosophy of teaching.
Remarkable teachers, Palmer believes, are a pragmatic lot who do whatever it takes and often fail. Along the way they may find themselves begging, cajoling, and expressing their own gratitude, fearfulness, and ignorance. All of them eschew mere technique and aspire to make their teaching an intensely spiritual experience: they allow teaching to transform their innermost selves. Palmer's challenge to each educator is to acknowledge that knowing one's students and knowing one's subject requires the deepest self-knowledge. What is required is nothing less than an unflinching commitment to live out in the classroom a painful Socratic examination of one's own life.
This indeed requires a courageous willingness to make oneself vulnerable. But what exactly is involved, and what is the payoff? Thankfully, Palmer's analysis avoids the fuzzy metaphors (and half-baked metaphysics) that spoil many contemporary "new age" visions of the role of spirituality in public life. Palmer, who was trained in philosophy, religion, and sociology, provides many specific examples. His most conventional claim is that modelling Socratic examination allows teachers to inspire their students to construct deeply fulfilling lives. He also argues that a Socratic entanglement of a teacher with her subject causes a passionate engagement more helpful than any bureaucrat's assessment instrument. Palmer draws on anecdotes--from kindergarten teachers to medical school professors, from shop teachers to physicists--to make his case. These anecdotes provide constructive solutions to many of the most painful problems teachers face and make plausible Palmer's vision of the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual depths of a life committed to teaching and learning.
Still good, but I appreciate the original version of this book more, written ten years before this one. There is some new material, but not enough to make an appreciable difference. I'd go for the first edition that you can get much cheaper used.
Hands down, one of the best books I have ever red. For all of the teachers out there or teachers in training, this is a MUST read. Palmer captures all of the moments that an educator can expect to have with a realistic view of them. Passionate read. Will re-read.