Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice / Edition 1

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Overview

These essays follow a veteran teacher educator and school reform activist as he tries to understand an enterprise he calls "mysterious and immeasurable." By focusing on the authentic experiences of teaching and learning that he has lived over the past 15 years, Bill Ayers reconsiders, argues, reflects, and searches for ways to break through the routine and the ordinary to see teaching as the important and extraordinary work it is. Covering a range of issues -- standards, equity, testing, professionalism -- this book shows us teaching as an achingly personal calling, and ultimately as a social and a political act. With these essays, Bill Ayers invites teachers into a wonderful conversation about the meaning of teaching as craft, as art, as vocation. He reminds us that an active kind of hope is at the core of teaching -- seeing things both as they are and as they could be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807744604
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/17/2004
  • Series: Teaching for Social Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Teaching as an Ethical Enterprise 1
Pt. I Contemporary Conditions of Schooling and Teaching
2 Teaching for Justice and Care 17
3 Classroom Spaces, Teacher Choices 23
4 Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools 31
5 Schools That Work 33
6 Ten Ways to Be a Good School 37
Pt. II Teaching in Today's Schools
7 Teaching City Kids 45
8 Sometimes a Shining Moment 48
9 Learning from Children 53
10 "We'll Have Fun Great If It Stops Raining": Reflections on Seventh-Grade Camp 59
11 To the Bone: Reflections in Black and White 63
Pt. III Teacher Professionalism and Teacher Education
12 Rethinking the Profession of Teaching: A Progressive Option 83
13 Fact or Fancy: The Quest for a Knowledge Base in Teacher Education 87
14 The "Long Trip": An Exploration of Progressive Public Schools 93
15 Headaches: On Teaching and Teacher Education 102
16 About Teaching and Teachers 113
Pt. IV Teaching
17 Teaching as an Act of Hope 119
18 Teaching and the Web of Life 123
19 Work That Is Real 130
Conclusion 144
References 147
Index 151
About the Author 161
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