Writings

Memoirs

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Public Enemy: Confession of an
American Dissident
(2013)

Bill Ayers

“The legendary Bill Ayers is at his spellbinding best in Public Enemy—a brilliant, spirited document of a revolutionary life in our not-so-revolutionary age.” —Junot Díaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Fugitive Days by Bill Ayers

Fugitive Days: A Memoir (2001)

Bill Ayers

“A memoir that is, in effect, a deeply moving elegy to all those young dreamers who tried to live decently in an indecent world. Ayers provides a tribute to those better angels of ourselves.” —Studs Terkel

Education

Teaching the Taboo

Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom (2011)

Rick Ayers and William Ayers

“Drawing from a lifetime of deep thinking about education and courageous commitment to precious students, Rick and William Ayers have given us a marvelous book.” —Cornel West

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To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, 3rd Edition (2010)

William Ayers

“Ayers’ riveting description of his unfolding journey as a teacher will be a helpful guide to teachers at all stages of their careers.” —Teaching Education

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To Teach: The Journey, in Comics (2010)

William Ayers, Illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner

“It’s profoundly charming . . . a must for educators and highly encouraged for all.” —The Huffington Post

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Teaching Toward Democracy: Educators as Agents of Change (2010)

“It’s profoundly charming . . . a must for educators and highly encouraged for all.” —The Huffington Post

William Ayers, Kevin Kumashiro, Erica Meiners, Therese Quinn, and David Stovall

Handbook of Social Justice in Education

Handbook of Social Justice in Education (2009)

William Ayers, Therese M. Quinn, David Stovall, editors

“This volume is a rich compendium of events; of the works of social movements and activists; and of school and classroom practices that illustrate how social justice can be achieved in education.” —Education Review

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City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row (2008)

William Ayers, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Gregory Michie, editors

“For a teacher, parent, citizen, political activist, policy maker, or even grandparent, this is a collection of some of the most important actors in the struggle to make our educational system work for all kids.” —Deborah Meier

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City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row (2008)

William Ayers and Patricia Ford, editors

“With its upbeat mix of ready-to-share city kids’ memoirs and classroom strategies, this book is an inspiring resource for veteran teachers, parents, community members, and students.” —Educational Leadership

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Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice (2004)

William Ayers

“The work of teacher education and professional development is largely a labor of love, a wonderful task of encouraging delight, surprise, reflection, and imagination. To have a volume like this to draw on is a tremendous asset.” —Frances Rust, New York University

Teaching Toward Freedom by Bill Ayers

Teaching toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom (2004)

William Ayers

Teaching toward Freedom is powerful, thought-provoking, and a must-read for everyone concerned with the state of education.” —Deborah Donovan, Booklist

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On the Side of the Child: Summerhill Revisited (2003)

William Ayers

“Readers interested in imaginative approaches to education will appreciate this look at the thoughts and experiences of both [A.S.} Neill and Ayers.” —Booklist

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Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools (2001)

William Ayers, Rick Ayers, and Bernardine Dohrn, editors

A clear-eyed collection that takes aim at the replacement of teaching with punishment in America’s schools.

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A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools (2000)

William Ayers, Michael Klonsky, and Gabrielle Lyon, editors

“Suggests a bold new approach to schools, one which recognizes the natural intelligence of students, the natural compassion of teachers, and the possibility of an education founded on a common commitment to a just society.” —Howard Zinn

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Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader (1998)

William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, and Therese Quinn, editors

“It is not enough to teach well and create a social justice classroom separate from the larger community. You have to be a community activist as well, a good parent, a decent citizen, an active community member.” —from the afterword by Herbert Kohl

Teacher Lore

Teacher Lore: Learning from Our Own Experience, Classics in Education edition (1998)

William H. Schubert and William Ayers, editors

“These narratives capture life in the classroom and insights into the craft of teaching better than any quantitative research ever could. As such, they serve as tools for the education and validation of other caring teachers.” —Herbert Kohl

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A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation (1997)

William Ayers and Janet L. Miller, editors

A Light in Dark Times features a list of extraordinary contributors who have been deeply influenced by Professor Maxine Greene’s progressive philosophies.

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To Become a Teacher: Making a Difference in Children’s Lives (1995)

William Ayers, editor

“Offers positive and compassionate insight on diverse aspects of teaching.” —Young Children

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The Good Preschool Teacher: Six Teachers Reflect on Their Lives (1989)

William Ayers

This important book is the result of an in-depth inquiry into the lives and work of six outstanding preschool teachers.

Social Justice

Race Course

Race Course: Against White Supremacy (2009)

Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

The book draws upon the authors’ own confrontations with authorities during the Vietnam era, reasserts their belief that racism and war are interwoven issues, and offers personal stories about their lives today as parents, teachers, and reformers.

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Sing a Battle Song: The Revolutionary Poetry, Statements, and Communiques of the Weather Underground 1970-1974 (2006)

Bernardine Dohrn, Bill Ayers, and Jeff Jones, editors

Idealistic, inspired, pissed-off, and often way-over-the-top, the writings of the Weather Underground epitomize the sexual, psychedelic, anti-war counterculture of the American 1960s and 1970s.

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A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (1997)

William Ayers

“Ayers’s book does for incarcerated kids . . . what Studs Terkel has done for the city’s working folks, [and] what Alex Kotlowitz has done for the residents of its housing projects.” —Anthony M. Platt, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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