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

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



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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: 9780807744604
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 04/17/2004
Series: Teaching for Social Justice Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

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

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