On Attentive Love in Education: The Case of Courage to Teach

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Liston, Daniel P. 2016. in Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research into Practice edited by Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl and Robert W. Roeser, 221-37, 1st edition. New York: Springer-Verlag

In this chapter, Daniel P. Liston explores the thesis “that love and attention to inner, other, and outer realms are central to teaching, and that many teachers who have the potential to be excellent teachers leave teaching because of the institutional obstacles that contort and distort their lives and their ability to grow them.” Furthermore, Liston draws on the Courage to Teach program founded in 1997 with the intention to engage teachers to work with their heads, hearts, and souls to engage and transform the young lives of their students.

Liston shines light on the conceptual framework of the Courage to Teach program that has improved the well-being of teachers and thereby provided greater learning opportunities for children. In sum, the program focuses on how attentive love requires that teachers look with loving, clearsighted attention to their students to connect them with educational tasks. The notion is that by concentrating on attentive love in teaching, students become ready to engage with the world around them through the curriculum in more compassionate ways. In light of this library, the essay engages with some of the building blocks of understanding and working with inner peace in education. Equally, it provides insights into how the Courage to Teach program in a practical manner affirms and engages with attentive love among teachers. 

For more information on Courage to Teach, follow this link: https://couragerenewal.org

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