-WhereTheMind Is Without Fear-
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high:
Where the knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-winding thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, [may children and teachers awake].

                           - R. Tagore



 clark french




This site has been created in effort to digitally display research by Drs. Barbara Clark and Joss French. Their research focuses on aesthetic education and creative community commons initiatives in local public schools. Preservice teachers in elementary education at Central Connecticut State University participate in an authentic compassionate community based paradigm of teaching and learning.


Additional information on the following topics can be found by clicking on the corresponding link: professional development, media coverage,the author's, or the author's publications.

"We are supposed to be the light of the world. We are supposed to be a light to ourselves and to others. That may well be what accounts for the fact that the world is in darkness” (Merton, 1963, p. 16)!

Barbara Clark Joss French

A Compassionate Community to End Homelessness, Gaffney Elementary School, New Britain, CT, 2009.