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Suffering and the Intelligence of Love in the Teaching Life

In Light and In Darkness

  • Sean Steel
  • Amber Homeniuk
  • Provokes and deepens reader engagement with central concerns and experiences related to suffering in the teaching life

  • Explores insights teachers have gleaned from dealing with social-political factors that have rendered educational tasks problematic

  • Examines questions about the meaning and nature of suffering in relation to the teaching life, the sources of suffering, and the meaning of suffering in relation to the contemplative awareness of goodness, truth, and beauty in teaching life


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Keith Inman
    Pages 1-1
  3. Sean Steel, Amber Homeniuk
    Pages 3-17
  4. Analyses of the Meaning of Suffering in Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Daniela Elza
      Pages 21-22
    3. James V. Schall
      Pages 37-46
  5. Suffering and the Long View: Wisdom Through Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. John B. Lee
      Pages 49-51
    3. Sandra Ens
      Pages 53-58
  6. East-Meets-West: Finding Rhythms and Articulating Meaning in Suffering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Harry Manx
      Pages 73-78
    3. Daniela Elza
      Pages 79-81
  7. Teaching, Limitations, and Marginalization in Suffering

About this book


“Insofar as the Greek dramaturge Aeschylus taught that ‘Suffering is our only teacher,’ it is highly relevant for teachers, and teachers-in-formation, to learn to better understand the nature of suffering in teaching itself. This book contains witness and testimony from teachers in many different walks and situations, providing a rich, revealing invitation to all of us teachers, young and old, to engage our difficulties creatively, both for ourselves and for those we are called to stand together with, colleagues and students alike. Highly recommended!” 
David Geoffrey Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada 

“The teachers’ interiority—the anxieties and joys that nourish (or deplete) their craft—is here, for the first time made the subject of sustained reflection. A groundbreaking collection!”
Heinz-Dieter Meyer, Professor of Education, State University of New York, USA

This book shares insights drawn from the diverse voices of public school teachers, community outreach education workers, professors, writers, poets, artists, and musicians on suffering in school and the classroom. Teachers speak about their own encounters with and perceptions from suffering using critical-analytic textual works, as well as first-hand personally reflective accounts. By sharing their stories and reflections, the editors and contributors shed light upon the dark areas that often are not addressed in Teacher Training Programs, and that generally remain unaddressed and unacknowledged when well-established as professionals in the field of education..


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Editors and affiliations

  • Sean Steel
    • 1
  • Amber Homeniuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Calgary Board of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.OntarioCanada

About the editors

Sean Steel is former Lecturer and Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary, Canada, Ambrose University College, Canada, and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada. He currently teaches public school.

Amber Homeniuk is an expressive arts therapist. Her writing appears in The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Numéro Cinq, and Windsor Review’s tribute to Alice Munro.

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