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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities

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Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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Chapter Fifty-Two: Old Dog, Same Trick

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CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO

Old Dog, Same Trick

DAVID W. JARDINE



Your cause of sorrowMust not be measured by his worth, for thenIt hath no end.

—ROSS TO SIWARD, ON THE DEATH OF SIWARD’S SON. MACBETH, ACT V, SCENE VIII

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speakWhispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.

—MALCOLM TO MACDUFF. MACBETH, ACT IV, SCENE III

“The individual case … is never simply a case; it is not exhausted by being a particular example of a universal law or concept” (Gadamer, 1989, p. 39). There is no such “thing” as sorrow or grief. It is always this lamenting in this arc of telling, of seasons, of breath and faces. To paraphrase John Caputo (1993), sorrow always involves proper names, grieving is always one’s own and, one way or another, in one shape or another, “from it no one can be exempt” (Gadamer, 1989, p. 356).

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