Education About Asia

Teaching the Daode Jing

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GARY D. DEANGELIS AND WARREN G. FRISINA, EDITORS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, NEW YORK, 2008

206 PAGES, 978-0-19-533270-4, PAPERBACK

Why the Daode Jing is a special text comes out clearly in Teaching the Daode Jing. In general, this volume will be more useful to college/university nonspecialists than high school teachers. Some essays, however, will be more helpful than others for teachers such as those by Judith Berling, Geoffrey Foy, and John Thompson, which offer more “nuts and bolts” classroom scenarios: “Letting the Daode Jing Teach”; “Gender and the Daode Jing”; and “The Daode Jing: An Exercise in How Interpretations Change.” Of these essays, Berling’s is most rewarding. Of special note is Hans-Georg Moeller’s “Introduction,” which pulls the book’s diverse voices together. All authors share deep passion, despite their different approaches, to this magnificent text.