Teaching with the Wind tackles the question, "Can education for a Canadian civic spirituality bridge the sometimes incommensurable worldviews of faith-based schools and secular public schools?" An affirmative answer is offered based on two foundations. First, that a national soul can be identified and thus serve as the content of spiritual education in Canada schools. Second, that a reconstructed approach to the contemplation-in-action method found in world religions and philosophy can provide an appropriate pedagogy for Canadian spiritual education. This book argues that education for civic spirituality is of paramount importance as Canada continues its transition from a Judeo-Christian and bicultural nation to a multi-faith and multicultural nation within a secular democracy. It offers a direction that would enrich religious and secular education systems as well as Canada as a whole.
Michael Dallaire is an educator and writer. He is the author of Contemplation in Liberation: A Method for Spiritual Education in the Schools (2001). Dallaire holds a doctorate in the philosophy of education from the University of Toronto and a master of arts in theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa. He has lived and worked throughout Canada, served for over twenty years as a school chaplain, and currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: The More of Teaching Chapter 4 Chapter One: Canadian Education and Spirituality Chapter 5 Chapter Two: Foundations of Spiritual Knowing Chapter 6 Chapter Three: Canadian Soul Chapter 7 Chapter Four: Engaged Spirituality Chapter 8 Chapter Five: Teaching the Path Chapter 9 Chapter Six: Teacher Formation Chapter 10 Chapter Seven: Spiritual Governance Chapter 11 Conclusion: Teaching with the Wind Part 12 Bibliography Part 13 Index