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Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

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"Positing education as the practice of freedom to balance against (or as an antidote to) the notion of education as credential-collecting, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom seeks to help engaged educators navigate the contradictions and challenges of the academy so as to fulfill our mandate to be of compassionate service to students―as whole people, not simply as someone's future employees." – Rain Taxi

 

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bell hooks is a world-renowned intellectual, cultural critic, and writer who is also Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky. Among her many books are the feminist classic Ain't I A Woman, the dialogue (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread, the children's books Happy to Be Nappy and Be Boy Buzz, the memoir Bone Black and the general interest titles All About Love, Rock My Soul, and Communion. She has published seven titles with Routledge: Belonging, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415968208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415968201
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Schnapp on April 14, 2010
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Any classroom teacher interested in improving their pedagogy and empowering students' to think critically will want to read this book. Chapter 12, To Lecture or Not, is worth the price of the book. hooks insightfully examines the contradictions between monologue and a more participatory methods. And the entire book explores a variety of pedagogical issues through race and gender lenses, all the while using her own experiences -- which will resonate with teachers and students of all races and genders -- to put flesh on a theoretical framework. If you care about transformative education then read "Teaching Critical Thinking."
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hooks just keeps on writing more inciteful books, one after another. In this book she shares teaching beyond that first generation of black students in white classrooms where both students (white) and teachers (also white) did not want us. I call us the "First-and-Only-Generation" because we often werre the first intelligent, articulate, and "human" blacks that these white folks had ever met. Thank you for integrating spirituality with critical thinking.
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bell is a profound and provocative thinker. She causes us to think about what education can accomplish. Her cornerstone is that of critical thinking, a concept that is not taught often enough or from a child's early years. She clearly demonstrates the value of critical thinking in every person's life, not just those who are intellectual or academic. Peace, freedom, and democracy rest on the idea of critical thinking. To excel and feel alive and free we must all learn to think critically. Clearly the masses do not know how to think critically, for they were never taught how and they don't recognize the value in it. bell hooks is passionate about her teaching and it this comes through so very loud and clear in the way she writes. Every educator should read this book. Every student should read this book. It addresses democracy, social change, feminism, critical thinking, racism, and freedom. Her book is a true pleasure to read.
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By Pao Pao on October 21, 2013
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Very interesting book. I read it for a WGS class along with Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Great combination as they both dig into teaching critical thinking -- not just the how to's but also a huge reflection on the part of the educator.
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In bell hooks' "Teaching" series, this book felt like more of the same. It isn't bad, but after reading the first two – "Teaching to Transgress" and "Teaching Community" – this third book just didn't feel like it contributed anything more. It felt to me like more discussion of the same things.
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Encouraging discussion for critical thinking as well as many other insights makes this book a must. It's not a list of "do this, not that"--it's more of a "challenge your previous ways of thinking" approach which I think is excellent (if you're going to teach critical thinking, start with yourself!).
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I found myself disappointed with this book. There is nothing new offered here in the commentaries and they are so brief as to lack the capacity to trigger deep thinking. There are some nuggets throughout the book but largely the book does not come close to this author's early works.
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this is a great, quick read on topics we should all consider -whether we are a student or a teacher. I would recommend this to all my colleagues and my students, but especially my black women students. hear bell hooks' voice, then find your own!
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