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Passages from Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

One-caring receives the other, for the interval of caring, completely and nonselectively. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


When a teacher asks a question in class and a student responds, she receives not just the "response" but the student. What he says matters, whether it is right or wrong, and she probes gently for clarification, interpretation, contribution. She is not seeking the answer but the involvement of the cared-for. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


The student is infinitely more important than the subject matter. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


The teacher receives and accepts the student's feelings toward the subject matter; she looks at it and listens to it through his eyes and ears. How else can she interpret the subject matter for him? ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


[The teacher] does not need to resort to punishment, because the rules are not sacred to her. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


Everything we do, then, as teachers, has moral overtones. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


Through dialogue, modeling, the provision of practice, and the attribution of best motive, the one-caring as teacher nurtures the ethical ideal. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


I do not need to establish a deep, lasting, time-consuming personal relationship with every student. What I must do is to be totally and nonselectively present to the student—to each student—as he addresses me. The time interval may be brief but the encounter is total. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


As the infant rewards his caring mother with smiles and wriggles, the student rewards his teacher with responsiveness: with questions, effort, comment, and cooperation. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


Many of our schools are in what might be called a crisis of caring. ~ Nel Noddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education


 

 
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