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

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Teachers College Press, 2004 - Education - 161 pages
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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.
  

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Another in a long line of social justice wants cleverly folded into a teacher's bookshelf. Be aware of what you're reading, remember Ayers from way back...is that really who you want to learn from? Read full review

Contents

Introduction Teaching as an Ethical Enterprise
1
Contemporary Conditions of Schooling and Teaching
15
TEACHING IN TODAYS SCHOOLS
43
TEACHER PROFESSIONALISM AND TEACHER EDUCATION
81
TEACHING
117
Conclusion
144
References
147
Index
151
About the Author
161
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William Ayers is currently director of the Center for Youth and Society, co-director of the Small Schools Workshop, and Distinguished Professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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