City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row

City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row

by William Ayers
     
 

A classic collection exploding the stereotypes of city schools.

City Kids, City Teachers—now reissued with a new introduction by William Ayers that reflects on how improving urban education is more essential than ever—has become a touchstone for urban educators, exploding the stereotypes of teaching in the city. In more than twenty-five…  See more details below

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A classic collection exploding the stereotypes of city schools.

City Kids, City Teachers—now reissued with a new introduction by William Ayers that reflects on how improving urban education is more essential than ever—has become a touchstone for urban educators, exploding the stereotypes of teaching in the city. In more than twenty-five provocative selections, set in context by Ayers and Patricia Ford, an all-star cast of educators and writers explores the surprising realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Contributors including Gloria Ladson-Billings, Lisa Delpit, June Jordan, Lewis Lapham, Audre Lorde, and Deborah Meier move from the poetic to the practical, celebrating the value of city kids and their teachers. It is a useful guide as well as a call to action for anyone who teaches or has taught in the city, for those considering teaching in urban schools, and for every parent with children in our schools today.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fiction Originals
Library Journal
This book contains more than 25 essays from educators and writers exploring the realities of city classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade. City teachers and administrators will relish the book's first section, which contains sketches of city kids in urban public schools. The students are portrayed as intelligent and creative despite their extreme circumstances. The next section contains thoughtful commentary on critical issues such as language, race, class, culture, violence, and poverty. The everyday language and expression in these accounts of classroom life will help readers explore the true educational setting of a city school. City Kids, City Teachers has the potential to create genuine change in the learning, teaching, and administration of urban public schools. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565843288
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
345
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.37(d)

Meet the Author

William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a co-editor of City Kids, City Schools (The New Press). Patricia Ford is the executive director of the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative.

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