ERIC Number: EJ854826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Seeking Lodging and the Best Lights: The Challenge of Teaching
Cottle, Thomas J.
Schools: Studies in Education, v5 n1-2 p25-34 Spr-Fall 2008
This article offers yet another look at the challenge of teaching, in this case through the eyes of writers like John Passmore, Michael Novak, and Emmanuel Levinas. It is an attempt to combine the fundamental qualities of good teaching as set forth by Passmore, with the notion of "caritas", literally meaning willing the good of the other, and the writings of Levinas on the ethical obligation to take responsibility for the other. Stressing the importance of the care teachers must take as they undertake their work, as well as engage their students, the article looks as well at the ways education must be examined in the context of ideologies, political issues, and, most especially, the nature of democracy. Among the topics explored are the role of teaching in personal development and the emergence of a student's narrative imagination, as well as building cohesive communities and just classrooms where students can explore their own best lights and also learn the need to help others lead their lives according to their best lights. In the end, the teacher is portrayed as someone offering the possibility of preserving culture and saving human life.
Descriptors: Democracy, Ideology, Political Issues, Ethics, Authors, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Role, Individual Development, Evaluation
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