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Educating the Young

The Ethics of Care

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Jeanne Adèle Kentel

This collection of essays initiates a conversation about the educational interests of the young and considers the potential for pedagogical transformation. Organized into three parts, dealing with the pedagogy of care, child honouring and telling children the truth, respectively, the volume engages with some of the key ethical challenges involved in educating young people. Through the diverse perspectives and approaches of sixteen authors, the book examines conflicting educational ideologies through a critical pedagogical lens. These authors consider poetic, aesthetic, inspiring, historical, political and ethical ways of both educating and being educated by the young. The volume aims to provoke further thought and debate among those who wish to consider the complex nature of educating the young with honesty, honour and care.

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Carl Leggo A Heartful Pedagogy of Care: A Grandfather’s Perambulations 61

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Carl Leggo A Heartful Pedagogy of Care: A Grandfather’s Perambulations Love is giving one’s hand. — Cixous 1998: 74 I had not suf ficiently appreciated it, a persistent theme by that stage of whatever I was going through. — Didion 2006: 154 Just as the river where I step is not the same, and is, so I am as I am not. — Heraclitus 2001: 51 At fifty-five years old, I have lived for half a century in schools. I began kindergarten in 1958, and since then I have always been a student, teacher, or professor. In fifty years lived in six elementary and secondary schools and five universities in five Canadian provinces, I have had many teach- ers and many more students. But I have had no teacher or student like Madeleine who is fifteen months old. She is my first grandchild, and she lives just a few minutes away. I see her often. I tell her that she is my most significant teacher. Often I pick her up from day care a couple hours early so she and I can spend time together. We especially like walking along the dike that abuts the Fraser River, often stopping to visit the chickens at London Farm, almost always lingering on a beach nearby where we shovel sand and scratch marks in the sand and wave at the car ferries, tugboats, barges, and fishing boats that go up and down the Fraser. And we wave to the herons, eagles, 62 Carl Leggo ducks, gulls,...

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