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Contemplative Practices: Educating for Peace and Tolerance


by Clifford Hill, Akbar Ali Herdon & Zuki Karpinska — 2006

This article describes a course offered at Teachers College, Columbia University, which focuses on contemplative practices from various wisdom traditions in order to increase awareness of what they share and to encourage educators to view these practices as sources of peace and tolerance. The article also presents various ways in which the students participated in the course and ends with an essay on "right teaching," written as a final project by Akbar Ali Herndon and Zuki Karpinska.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 9, 2006, p. 1915-1935
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12688, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:08:59 AM

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  • Clifford Hill
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    CLIFFORD HILL is the Arthur I. Gates Professor of Language and Education Emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research on language and literacy assessment led to numerous books and articles, most notably Children and Reading Tests and Testing and Assessment: English as an International Language. His cross-cultural research on language, space, and time has been widely published and translated into other languages.
  • Akbar Herdon
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    AKBAR ALI HERNDON, a teacher with over 30 years of experience, has been a student of several spiritual practices for many years. A doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University, Akbar is cofounder of the Washington Heights Academy and is currently director of technology at Grace Church School in New York City.
  • Zuki Karpinska
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    ZUKI KARPINSKA is an educational development specialist, currently managing Catholic Relief Services’ diverse education program in southern Sudan. Her professional experience includes development work in the Sudan, Madagascar, and Thailand, where she has designed and implemented projects focusing on capacity building, girls’ education, adult literacy, and vocational training, among others.
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