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Overview

Essential principles of timeless learning include attention, contemplation, connection, participation, and responsibility; helping students achieve a sense of purpose; and improving alertness and mental health.

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Editorial Reviews

David Marshak
"In Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning, John Miller creates the category of timeless learning and describes its qualities and aspects. For someone new to this perspective, the book provides an enormously rich introduction to these insights and offers ready access to a set of detailed and wide ranging resources, including many activities the reader can experience at once. For those who are more knowledgeable, the book offers an opportunity for significant deepening of their understanding about the value and enactment of timeless learning. Educating for Wisdom and Compassion: Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning is clear and direct. It’s a book that provokes reflection, engagement, and a deeper vision."
Lourdes Arguelles
"Fills a vacuum in the education literature, a vacuum for an approach to teaching and learning anchored in the insights of various wisdom traditions and spiritually-oriented educational innovators. . . .It is a clearly written, concise, and inspired book which will be of great value to many of us in the education field."
Geoffrey Caine
"...the vignettes and stories, the suggested practices, the invocation of a fundamentally better way of being and of being in school, the focus on wisdom and compassion as outcomes of education. Much of the material is wonderful, as is the message."
Tobin Hart
"This is a timely, thoughtful, and very important book. In emphasizing the contemplative mind, it elaborates a key dimension of a new vision of education that is grounded in the wisdom traditions and essential in today’s classrooms. In a sensible, mature, and down-to-earth fashion, this work offers a philosophical context, an intimate understanding of the processes of consciousness, and a wide range of tested practical means to integrate the contemplative mind in the classroom."
Robert London
"This is a timely and valuable resource for educators concerned with integrating a spiritual perspective in their work...The book is written in a very reader friendly manner, using no or very little terminology unfamiliar to most readers."
Pearl Solomon
"What this book offers that this country and others could benefit from is a different version of what our children need...The book’s major strength is the stimulation of a different point of view in a climate that may need some remediation. The quotes and anecdotes are very good."
Ron Miller
"In this engaging book, John Miller has effectively distilled the essence of holistic education, providing parents, teachers and researchers with a solid foundation for understanding its key ideals and characteristic practices. Miller explains how a pedagogy rooted in caring, compassion, mindfulness and meaning truly makes a difference in in our lives. I will recommend this book to my students as a core reading on holistic education."
Ed.: The Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
"At a time of high-stakes testing and increasing emphasis on standards, Education for Wisdom and Compassion presents the value of a more holistic education. Author John P. Miller argues that a holistic approach allows students to gain a greater sense of purpose; reduce stress; and improve memory, alertness, and attention. Through meditation, contemplation, and reflection, Miller shows how students can find joy in learning and develop true wisdom. "
Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"Well-conceived and brilliantly brought to life, this valuable introduction will be useful to teachers, parents, administrators, and researchers interested in holistic education for diverse students of all ages."
Ed. - The Magazine of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
"At a time of high-stakes testing and increasing emphasis on standards, Education for Wisdom and Compassion presents the value of a more holistic education. Author John P. Miller argues that a holistic approach allows students to gain a greater sense of purpose; reduce stress; and improve memory, alertness, and attention. Through meditation, contemplation, and reflection, Miller shows how students can find joy in learning and develop true wisdom."
February 15 Psyc CRITIQUES
"Well-conceived and brilliantly brought to life, this valuable introduction will be useful to teachers, parents, administrators, and researchers interested in holistic education for diverse students of all ages."
February 15 PsycCRITIQUES
"Well-conceived and brilliantly brought to life, this valuable introduction will be useful to teachers, parents, administrators, and researchers interested in holistic education for diverse students of all ages."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412917049
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. (Jack) Miller, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto and Head of OISE’s Centre for Teacher Development. He has also been Visiting Professor at Shinwa Women’s University in Kobe, Japan, and at Rietsumeiken University in Kyoto, Japan. Professor Miller teaches courses in holistic education and spirituality in education. He has also led workshops and given keynote addresses on those topics at conferences around the world. Notable among his many books, chapters, and journal articles are Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education: Breaking New Ground (2005), Education and the Soul: Toward a Spiritual Curriculum (2000), The Contemplative Practitioner (1994), Holistic Learning: The Teacher’s Guide to Integrated Studies (1990), The Holistic Curriculum (1988), The Compassionate Teacher (1981), and Humanizing the Classroom (1976). His writing has been translated into seven languages.

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Table of Contents

Part I Timeless Learning: Definitions and Fundamentals
1. Timeless Learning
What Is Timeless Learning?
What Are the Characteristics of Timeless Learning?
Holistic/Integrative
Embodied
Connected
Soulful
Transformative
Flow
Participatory
Non-dualistic
Mysterious and unexplainable
Immeasurable
What Does Timeless Learning Bring to Today's Classrooms?
Conclusion
References
2. The Perennial Philosophy: A Relaxed Universalism
Foundations of the Perennial Philosophy
The interconnected nature of reality and the mysterious unity of the universe
The intimate connection between the individual's inner self, or soul, and the mysterious unity
Wisdom or knowledge of the mysterious unity can be developed through various contemplative practices
Values are derived from seeing and realizing the interconnectedness of reality
Awareness of the mysterious unity of existence leads to social action to counter injustice and human suffering
References
Part II Timeless Learning: Processes and Practices
3. Letting Go and Becoming Empty
Psychosynthesis and Dis-identification
David Hunt
Krishnamurti
The Bhagavad Gita and Non-Attachment
Spiritual Knowing
Just Let Go
References
4. Attention and Meditation
Meditation
Forms of Meditation
Intellectual Meditation
Emotional Meditation
Physical Meditation
Action Meditation
Meditation Practices
Insight
Body Scan
Mantra
Visualization
Movement meditation
Getting Started
Meditation With Children
Just One Minute by Naomi Baer
References
5. Compassion, Caring, and Lovingkindness
Kindness, Empathy, Compassion, and Love
Lovingkindness Practice
Caring in Schools
School with Forest and Meadow (Ojiya School)
Service Learning
Engaged Service
Community-Based Work
To Be and to Have
References
6. Contemplation, Mindfulness, and Presence
Mindfulness
Presence
Contemplation and Mindfulness in Classrooms
Contemplation and Action
References
Part III Timeless Learning: Perspectives, Examples, and Outcomes
7. Educational Perspectives on Timeless Learning
Transcendental Education
Emerson
Thoreau
Bronson Alcott
Holistic Education
Linear Thinking and Intuition
Relationship Between Mind and Body
Subject Connections
Community Connections
Earth Connections
Self Connections
Slow Education
Conclusion
References
8. Examples of Timeless Learning
Krishnamurti Schools
Principles of Learning
The School
The Teacher
Waldorf Education
Steiner's View of Development
Rhythm
Montessori Education
Conclusion
References
9. Creating Conditions for Timeless Learning in Public Schools
Work on Yourself
Be Fully Present
Recognize the Importance of the Nonverbal
Honor Silence
Develop a Rhythm
Integrate Timeless Learning with other Forms of Learning
Balancing Spontenaity and Planning
Don't Forget the Body
Live Your Own Truth
Acknowledge the Mystery
Let Your Humanity Come Through
References
10. The Fruits of Timeless Learning
The Present Educational Context
The Results of Timeless Learning
Research on Contemplative Practices
My Own Research
Nature of Mediation Practice
Personal Effects of Meditation Practice
Professional Effects of Meditation Practice
Profiles
Ultimate Outcomes of Timeless Learning
Wisdom and Compassion
Joy: The Singing Soul
Awe and Wonder
Wholeness
Sense of Purpose
References
Bibliography
Index

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