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The Discipline of Hope: Learning from a Lifetime of Teaching
The Discipline of Hope chronicles veteran educator Herb Kohl’s love affair with teaching since his first encounter forty years ago, chronicled in his now-classic 36 Children. Beginning with his years in New York public schools and continuing throughout his four decades of working with students from kindergarten through college across the country, Kohl has been an ardent ad ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by The New Press
(first published 1998)
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Oh how I wish I were this pure of heart, generous, and passionate! I don't know how it's possible to give yourself so fully to your students year after year without depleting your own emotional reserves and losing sight of your personal goals. In the end, it turns out that being a better teacher is all about being a better person. It's that simple, that never-ending.
Herbert Kohl is one of those educators who I idolize and only wish I could match his enthusiasm, drive and creativity in teaching children of all ages. This memoir chronicles his work from starting out as a young middle school teacher in Harlem, to starting an alternative high school in Berkeley to teaching kindergarten while setting up an alternative licensure program for teachers in the 1970's. His optimism about everyone's ability and desire to learn is an inspiration.