Becoming a Soulful Educator.
Becoming a Soulful Educator
Aryeh Ben David
Jewish Lights Publishing
PO Box 237, Woodstock, VT 05091
9781580238731, $16.99, PB, 144pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: The primary message for the Jewish educational community in "Becoming a Soulful Educator: How to Bring Jewish Learning from Our Minds, to Our Hearts, to Our Souls--and Into Our Lives" is that is time to move beyond merely conveying information, to go beyond the classroom, to transform the soul. The goal should no longer be just teaching a good class, to simply convey information, or purely have the students enjoy the learning. Soulful education is about enabling another (be they child, adolescent, adult) to discover how to become his or her best self through learning. "Becoming a Soulful Educator" is a bold re-visioning of effective education, by renowned educator Rabbi Aryeh Ben David who recalibrates the focus of teaching from the acquisition of knowledge to the transformation of the soul. He presents six steps to help educators of all kinds teach to the heart, engage students in knowledge gathering without preaching or controlling, and enable students to authentically and personally integrate Jewish wisdom into their lives. He offers guidance for how teachers can share their own vulnerabilities and yearnings to become a better force of harmony to help students gain new clarity on their own infinite potential for positive change. "Becoming a Soulful Educator" is an essential guidebook for everyone in the Jewish community from educators and rabbis to parents and grandparents and anyone else working in formal or informal education, whether for children, teens, emerging adults, adults or seniors.
Critique: "Becoming a Soulful Educator" is essentially about helping one's students strive for greatness in all aspects of life - including educational, practical, humanitarian, and spiritual aspects. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Becoming a Soulful Educator" is a ground breaking work that should be part of every Jewish educator's personal reading list. It should be noted that "Becoming a Soulful Educator" is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99).
Willis M. Buhle