Brave Teachers

“Progressive, holistic education…is more demanding than conventional pedagogy, for unlike these teaching practices, it emphasises well being.  That means the teachers must be actively committed to a process of self-actualization that promotes their own well being if they are to teach in a manner that empowers students… the practice of a healer, therapist, teacher or any helping professional should be directed toward his or her self first.”  - bell hooks

bell hooks, feminist scholar, educator, and author of Teaching to Transgress, The Will to Change, and many other books

bell hooks, feminist scholar, educator, and author of Teaching to Transgress, The Will to Change, and many other books

Brave Teachers

“If we as teachers, along with our colleagues, are not happy, how can we expect the children to be happy?… The first step is to come back to yourself—the way out is in. Come back to yourself to be able to take care of yourself: learn how to generate a feeling of happiness; learn how to handle a painful feeling or emotion; listen to your own suffering, so that understanding and compassion can be born and you will suffer less. This is the first step and, as a teacher, you have to be able to do this.” —from Letter to a Young Teacher

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master, activist, and educational visionary.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master, activist, and educational visionary.