Parker is an American educator, religious and sociologist who is best known for his ways of effective teachings as a university teacher, community organizer and religious teacher. He is also recognized by his opinions on Good teachers and bad teachers. Thus, he was honored with an award in region education. This article identifies and examines Parker’s educational viewpoints which offer most important contribution to understanding educational practices and discusses their relevance to education and development of our societies in terms of capacity building. These ideas includes that bad teachers distance themselves from the topic they are teaching and from their students. On the other hand, good teachers join self, the topic and the students in the stuff of life. Also, good teachers have a capacity for connectedness among themselves, their subjects and their students so that students can learn to knit a world for themselves. These good teachers use widely variant methods and teach with their hearts to achieve teaching effectively. The examination of these ideas/ opinions shows that they give a good direction to good/effective teachers and teachings for the development of our societies in opposition to bad teachers and teachings.
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RUFORUM Working document series