We have to acknowledge the potential power of the group, our classes, and the potential that exists there for wisdom and healing.  Students often genuinely come to love and support each other and can provide much to each other, beyond what we can offer as teachers.  This does often happen but must be allowed for and supported.  We teachers have to be able to create space for this.

What do our students need?  What is required for the present and for the future? What do we need to do as teachers for their future and for a chance that the world will be closer to peace?  What can we do for the chance that our world can be restored and renewed and for hope for our children and our grandchildren?  How do I need to alter my thinking about my students and their needs?  How must I change my practices?  What does it mean to engage with my students and their learning in the ways that I have been exploring?

I propose that possibly, probably it begins with adopting humanistic elements back in to pedagogy.  I suggest that maybe it involves loving our students – as a necessity and not a luxury. It is good, common-sense, humanistic pedagogy to love our students and to employ the golden rule with them.  We must treat them as we would like to be treated because we would like to be part of the change that needs to happen on this planet.  Multiply the number of students you work with each year by at least 20, the number of people whose lives they most likely strongly influence.   You can do the math of how many people we can potentially have a positive impact upon through our teaching.  Let each of us do this in whichever ways we feel are right.  But let us, together, teach with a pedagogy of peace.