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Parker Palmer is a salve to all wounded by alienation of our true selves. Thank you for your words and wisdom. John Gatto, former New York City school teacher, exposed the faulty way we are "schooled" and "educated" which touches on these same subjects. It's why most of have such struggles throughout our lives. Our past and present model of education is based on the Prussian model of conformity and obedience. I highly recommend readers and listeners read Mr Gatto's books, including Dumbing Us Down and Weapons of Mass Instruction. Everything Mr. Palmer speaks of is simpatico with Mr. Gatto's. There are great teachers who work hard against a behemoth bureaucracy of power that still upholds this model. Thank God for them. But great changes must be made from early on if people are to able to grow safely and confidently into themselves .