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climate of neoliberalism where only numbers count. Bill Ayers invites you to imagine teaching in ways that make a difference; ways that brings smiles and
successful learning to students and joyous fulfillment to teachers.''
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison
''Through critical and hopeful prose, Bill Ayers reveals the questions educators of conscience ask themselves in their quiet time. In a tumultuous time where
much is uncertain, I remain thankful for his challenge to continue to transform those quiet moments into something bold and loud enough to move us towards
--David Stovall, Ph.D.,
University of Illinois at Chicago
''The great Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer talked about being sick and tired of being sick and tired. This book is for every classroom teacher who is
challenged by what they fear is a dark time for public schools in America. This book is for every classroom teacher who is sick and tired of being sick and
tired of prescriptive solutions to problems we don't recognize and answers to questions we never asked. Bill Ayers reminds us again that teaching can be an
act of art, subversion, and imagining what is possible.''
retired public school teacher, education blogger at FredKlonsky.com
How do we see our schools and the project of education? Is this the best we can do? What would we like our schools to become? How might we get there? In this provocative book, Bill Ayers invites us to dream of schools in which each child ''is of infinite and incalculable value'' Blending personal anecdotes with critique of the state of education, this beautifully written little book is filled with big ideas that explore the challenges and opportunities for an education system that desperately needs repair. Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World is an urgent call to action and a plan to help educators, policymakers, and parents stretch toward something new and dramatically better--schools that are more joyful and more just, more balanced and more guided by the power of love.
* Promotes meaningful discussions in teacher education courses.
* Addresses problems with our current education system and how they came to be.
* Advocates, with illustrations, for schooling that promotes critical thinking and engaged learning.
* Critiques school reform efforts, such as high-stakes testing, curriculum standardization, and dated performance metrics.
* Urges teachers to see students as full and equal human beings with agency and capacity.
* Offers 21 ''gestures'' toward the kind of schools all children and youth deserve.
About: ''Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World offers energized democratic thinking: ''freedom dreams'' and 21 other great ideas that resist the current climate of neoliberalism where only numbers count.
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