9780807744611

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

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    9780807744611

  • ISBN10:

    0807744611

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr
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Summary

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#x14;standards, equity, testing, professionalism#x14;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.

Author Biography

William Ayers is a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1. Introduction: Teaching as an Ethical Enterprise 1(16)
PART I Contemporary Conditions of Schooling and Teaching
2. Teaching for Justice and Care
17(6)
3. Classroom Spaces, Teacher Choices
23(8)
4. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools
31(2)
5. Schools That Work
33(4)
6. Ten Ways to Be a Good School
37(8)
PART II Teaching in Today's Schools
7. Teaching City Kids
45(3)
with Therese Quinn
8. Sometimes a Shining Moment
48(5)
9. Learning from Children
53(6)
10. "We'll Have Fun Great If It Stops Raining": Reflections on Seventh-Grade Camp
59(4)
11. To the Bone: Reflections in Black and White
63(20)
PART III Teacher Professionalism and Teacher Education
12. Rethinking the Profession of Teaching: A Progressive Option
83(4)
13. Fact or Fancy: The Quest for a Knowledge Base in Teacher Education
87(6)
14. The "Long Trip": An Exploration of Progressive Public Schools
93(9)
15. Headaches: On Teaching and Teacher Education
102(11)
16. About Teaching and Teachers
113(6)
PART IV Teaching
17. Teaching as an Act of Hope
119(4)
18. Teaching and the Web of Life
123(7)
19. Work That Is Real
130(14)
Conclusion 144(3)
References 147(4)
Index 151(10)
About the Author 161

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