Pretending is another name for dividedness, a state that keeps us from cultivating the capacity for connectedness on which good teaching depends. When we pretend, we fall out of community with ourselves, our students, and the world around us, our of communion with the common center that is both the root and the fruit of teaching at its best.
Community cannot take root in a divided life.
To teach is to create a space in which the community of truth is practiced.
College motto – “The pursuit of truth in the company of friends.”
~ Parker J. Palmer