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ERIC Number: EJ1023739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Promethean Summer: Professional Development Boldly Focuses on the Classics
Dubin, Jennifer
American Educator, v38 n1 p34-41 Spr 2014
This article describes the Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, which, for 30 years, has treated teachers as intellectuals. To that end, the nonprofit educational organization offers teachers from all grade levels and all disciplines an experience that either reacquaints them with or introduces them to the literature of Western civilization. The classic works studied are taught at the level of a graduate-school course and do not resemble typical professional development. Educators who attend this program rise to the challenge of engaging in insightful discussions about these complicated texts. The three-week summer program reinvigorates their teaching and renews their passion for lifelong learning. A companion article, "Teaching and Its Spiritual Power," by Louise Cowan, posits the teacher as a "shaman" who guides students toward the dark wood of shared human memory, a conduit for the past that is insufficiently recognized in our time. Cowan concludes that teachers are the bearers of something they consider more significant than themselves, more important than any method, something of enormous value to the culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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