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Based on the deeply moving stories and profound questions of students themselves, each chapter responds to the yearnings young people express: Deep Connection, Meaning and Purpose, Silence, Joy, Creativity,Â Transcendence, and Initiation--each evokes a gateway to inviting soul into the classroom.
Without healthy forums led by responsible adults, young people seek theseÂ gateways on their own, sometimes in destructive ways like drugs, sex,Â suicide, hazing, and even murder. Helping students find constructive ways to express their longings increases their motivation to learn; stay in school; strengthen ties to family and friends; and approach adult life with vitality, character, and vision.
This practical and inspirational sourcebook will support school communities that are committed to preventing violence and alienation and producing responsible, caring citizens.