''For those frustrated by the thrust of educational 'reform'...this book provides what can be described as both a challenge and a set of alternatives. It is a challenge because it looks at education, teaching and schools in a way quite different from that which dominates our public discourse about these subjects. The authors are not particularly concerned with test scores, obsession with which has been driving our education policy. They are, to put it bluntly, dismissive of such an approach...The brothers Ayers are advocating an educational approach...that includes the voices and perspectives of students as having value and importance, that seeks to broaden the universe of materials from which they learn, including from cultures other than the dominant ones, thus taking advantage of the richness of cultural diversity that is an ever-increasing part of the fabric of our nation and society.'' --Education Review
About the Author
is a university instructor and founder of the Communication and Arts School at Berkeley High School. William Ayers
is a school reform activist, distinguished professor, and senior university scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.