Friday, April 29, 2011

We Are With Them

Here is the conclusion of this week's series on a master teacher in Japan, Mr. Kanomori.

14 comments:

Jo said...

Extraordinary series of posts, Dan.

Thank you again.

neighbor said...

ah

so touching, so lovely.

Thank you for sharing this. It showed me something that we don't get to see often and what I love about humans, that we can be kind and care for one another.

The Solitary Walker said...

A compelling series of videos, Dan. Thanks for sharing them. Kanomori is a fine, fine teacher.

Teresa Evangeline said...

I just love this teacher. What a fine man and teacher he is. I appreciate seeing another culture in this thoughtful and loving atmosphere. I love the way Mr. Kanomori holds each child's face with recognition of who they are, like a benediction as they move forward into their future. What kindness has been shown here.

Thank you for these videos, Dan. they have been most inspiring. And now I have to go and replenish my Kleenex supply.

Dan Gurney said...

Jo, I'm glad you enjoyed them. I first saw them about a month ago. They stayed with me so I decided to share them here.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, neighbor, yes, and caring about each other is among our highest callings, don't you think?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Teresa Evangeline, you are so welcome. I would think you can find teachers like this all round the globe. He does have a remarkable clarity, though, about his values. I was drawn to him because he and I share a key goal and focus: to be happy. It often seems strange to me that in elementary schools it is not more common to find teachers with that as their main goal. I mean, if childhood is not happy, why? What is more important than a happy childhood?

Dan Gurney said...

Robert, I am very glad that you have enjoyed them.

Reya Mellicker said...

You're right that I needed the kleenex for the last post. Holy cow.

Empathy is not for sissies. Thanks, Dan.

Dan Gurney said...

He's really something. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Reya.

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Dan~ That was a beautiful series. I wish Mr. Kanomori had been my teacher or parent when I was growing up. My husband and I both have that little sarcastic negativity creeping up now and then. We're learning (finallly!) to gently remind each other that we're a couple, friends, respectful of each other, kind. So it can be done, but it takes a conscious effort. And Dan, I know you would have encouraged my alphabet...

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Margaret. The biggest challenges in wise speech are the ones we find at home. I think that's true for just about everyone. I know it is for me. The people we love the most are also the ones who can hurt us the most.

Brighid said...

Thank you for posting such a beautiful series. We can all learn from it.

Dan Gurney said...

Brighid, you're welcome! I am glad you enjoyed the series.