As usual, Gabriel Moran has brought an extraordinary panoramic perspective to bear on the study of teaching. Since the words 'learning' and 'learner' have become almost idolized in educational discourse, it is more than timely for a thoughtful treatise exploring what it means to teach in the light of great historical writings related to the topic. An excellent follow-up to Showing How: The Act of Teaching (1997), it not only clarifies the notion of teaching, it sows the seeds for many important practical implications for teaching in various contexts.
Moran's important book engages ideas of great educational commentatorsfrom Plato to Wittgensteinto draw the reader into an exploration of teaching. The wide-ranging discussion focuses in two central chapters on the question as to whether morality and religion can be taught. This is an excellent book by a remarkable educator, whose wisdom, knowledge, and insight permeate the whole text.
Speaking of Teaching is clear, well-written, original, and refreshingly ambitious.