My favourite courses at OISE

Sheldon Zian
by Zian Zhang(Anne)
Master of Education student

I finished seven courses in the past year. Among these courses, Jack Miller’s courses SPIRITUALITY IN EDUCATION and THE HOLISTIC CURRICULUM impressed me most. His courses helped me solve some relationship problems as a student. And in Professor Miller’ classes, many students shared their life stories about forgiveness and lovingkindness which deeply touched my heart. Therefore, I highly recommend his courses to you, especially those who are good story listeners. You will gain a lot from his courses.

Professor Jack Miller also recommended lots of books to us in his classes. My favorite book is called All About Love: New Visions. All about Love: New Visions is a book by bell hooks published in 2000. bell hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. She is also a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. She is the author of more than seventeen books, including All About Love: New Visions, Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work, Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics and so on. In the book All About Love: New Visions, hooks indicates that people yearn to live in a society where love can flourish. People want to end the lovelessness which is so pervasive in modern society. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. All About Love: New Visions teaches us how to return to love. It lets us know that we must love again.

There are some quotes I like in this book. “We can never go back. I know that now. We can go forward. We can find the love our hearts long for, but not until we let go grief about love we lost long ago, when we were little and had no voice to speak the heart’s longing”. “By learning to love, we learn to accept change. Without change, we cannot grow. Our will to grow in spirit and truth is how we stand before life and death, ready to choose life”.

bell hooks shows that love makes the world go around, which resonates most with me
. For me, life is not worth living if we do not know love. I hope that everyone could hold love in his or her whole life.

If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Email: oise.ambassador@utoronto.ca

 

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