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

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

Authors: Ayers, William

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807032664

Classification: Fiction

Synopsis: 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.

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