Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom

Teaching Toward Freedom by Bill Ayers

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About the Book

In Teaching toward Freedom, William Ayers illuminates the hope as well as the conflict that characterizes the craft of education: how it can be used in authoritarian ways at the service of the state, the church, or a restrictive existing social order-or, as he envisions it, as a way for students to become more fully human, more engaged, more participatory, more free. Using examples from his own classroom experiences as well as from popular culture, film, and novels, Ayers redraws the lines concerning how we teach, why we teach, and the surprising things we uncover when we allow students to become visible, vocal authors of their own lives and stories. This lucid and inspiring book will help teachers at every level to realize that ideal.

Quotes and Reviews

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

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