Cherishing as a model of education : a spiritual journey

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Carole Annette Ayers (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This critique examines the dominant consciousness of contemporary schooling and society while discussing how competition, standardized testing, and the effective schools movement continue to diminish and depersonalize students. This study addresses the issues of students' and teachers' suffering and alienation and focuses on the need for healing, connection, and wholeness in our lives and in our society. A model of schooling, based on the concept of cherishing and grounded in a spirituality of love, justice, mercy and compassion, is proposed based on the personal journey of the researcher and linked to one's basic assumptions about humanity and the universe. Religious and spiritual language are used to gain a new perspective and awareness of education. Reflection, by teachers, on one's basic beliefs and practices in schooling is urged.

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Language: English
Date: 1993
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