Acknowledge, Understand, Address: Practices that Uproot a Culture of Fear

Diverse group of five smiling professionals talk with each other.

If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return.

– Deepak Chopra


  • Rework a hostile school culture: The big shift happened when they asked teachers and students to consider the kind of culture they want to have versus the kind of culture they currently live in.
  • Importance of building relationships, and how openness and authenticity with other people is at the core of many of the liberatory & regenerative practices. Sometimes new initiatives and changes in school might be pushed on teachers or implemented with speed, but you have to be okay with things taking time.
  • The book The Speed of Trust came up in this conversation, and it was also mentioned in the podcast resource that is linked here – we recommend checking it out.
  • The conversation also made us think of bell hooks’ book, Teaching to Transgress, which imagines teaching and education as a tool for liberation and instrumental in fighting oppression.

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