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Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom

Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom

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by William Ayers
     
 

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In Teaching toward Freedom, William Ayers illuminates the hope as well as the conflict that characterizes the craft of education: how it can be used in authoritarian ways at the service of the state, the church, or a restrictive existing social order-or, as he envisions it, as a way for students to become more fully human, more engaged, more participatory,

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In Teaching toward Freedom, William Ayers illuminates the hope as well as the conflict that characterizes the craft of education: how it can be used in authoritarian ways at the service of the state, the church, or a restrictive existing social order-or, as he envisions it, as a way for students to become more fully human, more engaged, more participatory, more free. Using examples from his own classroom experiences as well as from popular culture, film, and novels, Ayers redraws the lines concerning how we teach, why we teach, and the surprising things we uncover when we allow students to become visible, vocal authors of their own lives and stories. This lucid and inspiring book will help teachers at every level to realize that ideal.

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Library Journal
"What am I teaching for? And what am I teaching against?" These are the fundamental questions that Ayers (education, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) explores in this collection of essays on the moral dimension of teaching, originally delivered as a series of lectures during the author's fall 2003 stint as a visiting scholar at Lesley University. Throughout, Ayers returns to his commitment to education as activism and to the importance of teachers standing "on the side of the student." Drawing, as in earlier works, on his experience in the Civil Rights Movement and the antiwar movement of the 1960s, Ayers deftly melds his own experiences as a teacher with those of like-minded colleagues, as well as with evocative lessons about education and humanity drawn from the work of authors including Pablo Neruda, Malcolm X, and Myles Horton. Likely to be as popular as the author's earlier To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, this collection is recommended for any academic library. Scott Walter, Univ. of Kansas Libs., Lawrence Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807032664
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
09/10/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,063,535
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

 William Ayers is Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the founder of the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, and he is the author of many books on education, including Teaching the Personal and Political, On the Side of the Child, To Teach, A Simple Justice, and A Kind and Just Parent.

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Teaching Toward Freedom 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
re-educator More than 1 year ago
teaching is national security issue. We must educate our city children or our nation will die. Ayers feels this from deep within.

Volunteer to tutor. You will change a life.
PoeKat More than 1 year ago
Keep in mind, every book you purchase by William Ayers, puts money in this guy's pocket. In other words, if you buy his books, you are fattening up the wallet of an unrepentent domestic terrorist who, with his wife and fellow Weathermen, killed innocent people. This guy should not be allowed to make money off the suffering of others. He should also not be allowed to teach(brainwash) our impressionable youth. The fact that he is employed by the University of Illinois is disgusting. The University should be ashamed. As for the content of this book and the others penned by Ayers, don't waste your time reading his propaganda. I'm surprised that any publisher would take him on... but then again, some people have no conscience because they worship the almighty dollar.