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Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement


reviewed by Neil J Liss — 2006

coverTitle: Leading from the Eye of the Storm: Spirituality and Public School Improvement
Author(s): Scott Thompson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578862116, Pages: 151, Year: 2005
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Namasté, this Sanskrit word can be translated (though very, very loosely) as “I recognize that the Light within in me is the Light within you.”  Said among practitioners of yoga and mediation, it acknowledges the interconnection of spirit between people and the world they make together.  A (perhaps just as loose) comparison can be made to those educational theories similarly cognizant of interconnection.  The practices of liberation pedagogy advocated by Paulo Freire (1970/1997), constructivist progressivism from the writings of John Dewey (1916/1997), and perhaps even the theory of “care” emerging from Nell Noddings (1984/2003) among others, all in their own way depict education as shaping encounters.  People, together, transforming their world.  By drawing such parallels, though, I am not implying that our system of education recognizes this spiritual consciousness.  Far from it, especially in these times of reflexive standardization. Author Scott Thompson however, in his new book Leading from the Eye... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 107-110
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12101, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 12:57:18 AM

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  • Neil Liss
    University of Houston
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    NEIL J LISS is an educational researcher at the University of Houstan. He is finishing his dissertation, The Spiritual Risk of Education.
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