Ayers, an activist for progressive teaching methods, has written and coauthored numerous books on innovative schools and the societal issues faced by teachers. Here he calls on teachers to commit themselves to helping students reach "the full measure of their humanity," embrace their differences, and realize they have the power to change their own lives. Seminars on classroom management, discipline, and lesson planning completely ignore his method, what he calls "teaching toward freedom," and the teaching of ethical action, which requires dialogue between teachers and students as each learns from the other and from the world around them. Teachers need to be "works in progress," encouraging their students to be the same. Bolstering his argument with frequent quotes from authors as diverse as Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison, and Pablo Neruda, Ayers argues convincingly against centralized testing and zero-tolerance policies, which turn classrooms into "sterile and one-dimensional places devoid of teachable moments." Powerful, thought-provoking, and a must-read for everyone concerned with the state of education. Deborah DonovanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Teaching toward Freedom is powerful, thought-provoking, and a must-read for everyone concerned with the state of education.--Deborah Donovan, Booklist
[Ayers] makes the case that larger society needs to understand what it means to teach toward freedom. . . .Ayers's model asks that students imagine different future worlds where justice is better served and where we create a vision needed for a better world."--Lee Baker, Altar Magazine
"Five thoughtful essays that examine how teachers need to value their students, challenge themselves, and teach for freedom."--Bob Peterson, Rethinking Schools
Praise for A Kind and Just Parent
"William Ayers is as sensitive and gifted a chronicler as he is a teacher."--Studs Terkel, author of Hope Dies Last
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