Embracing Connections: Integrating Essential Elements
Paradoxical thinking requires that we embrace a view of the world in which opposites are joined, so that we can see the world clearly and see it whole. Such a view is characterized by neither flinty-eyed realism nor dewy-eyed romanticism but rather by a creative synthesis of the two …. The result is a world more complex and confusing than the one made simple by either-or thought—but simplicity is merely the dullness of death. When we think things together, we reclaim the life force in the world, in our students, in ourselves.
—Parker Palmer The Courage to Teach
DIANA IS AN EIGHTH-GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER IN A RURAL SCHOOL district. She has been teaching for more than 25 ...