Vol 14, No 1, 2009

Good Teaching, Spirituality and the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas

Glenn Morrison

Abstract

The essay aims to show that nurturing a spirituality of good teaching could provide a more committed and responsible attitude towards education. Spirituality speaks of relationships, the search for meaning and, in Levinasian terms, having a heart for another. Students demand that teachers should be many things such as passionate, engaging, intelligent, fun, challenging, fair and creative. The more we can develop meaning and a spirituality in teaching, the more we may meet these demands and also attend to the students enthusiasm, frustration, uncertainty, impatience, fears and dreams.