Education's Highest Aim: Teaching and Learning through a Spirituality of Communion

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Since A Nation at Risk in 1983, the problem of education in the United States has occupied a prominent space in the media, in the halls of government, and in the lives of those most involved in schools. After twenty-five years of inquiry, experimentation, debate and legislation such as No Child Left Behind, the problems seem as insoluble now as then. Education's Highest Aim presents the thoughts and experiences of researchers, students, teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders who have applied a theoretical and practical framework derived from Chiara Lubich's spirituality of communion to their various scenes of teaching and learning. Education's Highest Aim offers proven and effective ways of dealing with the problematic realities found in primary, elementary, secondary, and university education.

Education's Highest Aim includes chapters that present:
* tensions inherent in understanding moral identity in the field of education
* the principal features of an education of communion, and its relevance in the contemporary educational milieu
* the history of the Focolare Movement and education
* case studies that illustrate strategies for negotiating the basic tensions in the educational experience
* accounts of successful elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools organized around the basic principles of an education of communion
* primary sources concerning an education of communion

Education's Highest Aim will be valuable for anyone interested in understanding and improving education: teachers' groups; school administrators; university courses in curriculum, instruction, or educational foundations; parents' organizations; developers of public policy.

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'Here is an educational philosophy, a pedagogy and a practice grounded in the vision of unity, in a spirituality of communion. It is one that invites students, faculty, staff, administrators and families to work cooperatively for the development of the whole person into his and her best self in service to the common good. This is an educational aim of the highest order worth working together to achieve.' --Anthony J. Cernera, Ph.D., President of the International Federation of Catholic Universities

At the heart of the authors application ... is the principle that the modern tensions of educational practice, including fragmentation, isolation, and secularism, can be reimagined through a spirituality of communion among administrators, students, teachers, counselors, coaches, and maintenance staff. The authors contend that Lubich s description of existential identity, where one achieves unity with another through a process of emptying oneself to be fully present with the other, can provide the harmony that is missing from a society in which individual competence is the norm. Many of the stories and discussions could be ideal for an approach to the classroom and faculty meetings, and to learning how to walk alongside one another wherever conflict arises. In both complexity and simplicity, the book is a pleasant reminder of Jesus s summary of the law by first loving God and then loving one another. Christian administrators, teachers, and parents will find this book of particular interest. --Karen Buchanan and Ken McChesney from their review in Journal of Education and Christian Belief 16, no. 1 , Spring 2012

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