The Courage to Teach

  • by Parker J. Palmer
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. Connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts - the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self - when we choose to live authentic lives.

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What the Critics Say

"A profoundly moving, utterly passionate, and inspired articulation of the call to, and the pain and joy of, teaching. It is must reading for any and every teacher, at any level." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
"Evokes the heart of what teachers really do, and does so in a vivid, compelling, and soulful way." (Robert Coles, Harvard University)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting though it went over my head a little.

Where does The Courage to Teach rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the middle, neither great, nor awful.


What other book might you compare The Courage to Teach to, and why?

Partly the 2 books I read about standards and accountability and partly time Out for Teachers and there's room For Me Here. It had enough case studies like those 2 books, but talked about methods of teaching a bit like the books on standards and accountability.


What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I don't know as I didn't have any choice but to listen to it.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

NoMaybe the bit about the "student from hell" but I'm not sure if anything else did.


Any additional comments?

I'm not a teacher so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that some of this book drifted over my head somewhat. still, it had enough interest to keep me going.

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- jillian grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.