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The Best Teacher in You by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Mike Thomas, Katherine Heynoski, Robert E. Quinn

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CHAPTER 5

Empowering the Soul: Developing Yourself

Educational institutions are full of divisive structures, of course, but blaming them for our brokenness perpetuates the myth that the outer world is more powerful than the inner. The external structures of education would not have the power to divide us as deeply as they do if they were not rooted in one of the most compelling features of our inner landscape—fear …. Fear is what distances us from our colleagues, our students, our subjects, ourselves. Fear shuts down those “experiments with truth” that allow us to weave a wider web of connectedness—and thus shuts down our own capacity to teach as well.

—Parker Palmer            The Courage to Teach

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