Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice

Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice

by William Ayers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807744611

ISBN-13: 9780807744611

Pub. Date: 04/17/2004

Publisher: Teachers College Press

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807744611
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/17/2004
Series:
Teaching for Social Justice Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction: Teaching as an Ethical Enterprise1
Pt. IContemporary Conditions of Schooling and Teaching
2Teaching for Justice and Care17
3Classroom Spaces, Teacher Choices23
4Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools31
5Schools That Work33
6Ten Ways to Be a Good School37
Pt. IITeaching in Today's Schools
7Teaching City Kids45
8Sometimes a Shining Moment48
9Learning from Children53
10"We'll Have Fun Great If It Stops Raining": Reflections on Seventh-Grade Camp59
11To the Bone: Reflections in Black and White63
Pt. IIITeacher Professionalism and Teacher Education
12Rethinking the Profession of Teaching: A Progressive Option83
13Fact or Fancy: The Quest for a Knowledge Base in Teacher Education87
14The "Long Trip": An Exploration of Progressive Public Schools93
15Headaches: On Teaching and Teacher Education102
16About Teaching and Teachers113
Pt. IVTeaching
17Teaching as an Act of Hope119
18Teaching and the Web of Life123
19Work That Is Real130
Conclusion144
References147
Index151
About the Author161

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