“In Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World, Bill Ayers makes a compelling and passionate plea for ending prejudice, bias, and systematic deception toward youth in our schools. How can our children reasonably believe in adults at school when they are regularly deprived of their own immediate experiences, interpretations, intellectual curiosity, and joy? However routinized by our test-driven culture, a profound level of soul-loss is at stake—and with equally acute implications for our children’s well-being. This captivating text takes the reader on an emancipatory journey toward a brighter educational future replete with hope and multiple, redemptive possibilities.”
—Angela Valenzuela, University of Texas at Austin
William Ayers discusses “Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World: An Invitation.”
At 57th Street Books
About the book: 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 to 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.
About the author: William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University. Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is a former vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association.
His articles have appeared in many journals including the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Rethinking Schools, the Nation, Educational Leadership, the New York Times, and the Cambridge Journal of Education.
His books include “Teaching Toward Freedom,” “The Good Preschool Teacher,” “A Kind and Just Parent,” “Teaching the Personal and the Political,” “Fugitive Days,” “Public Enemy,” and with Ryan Alexander-Tanner, “To Teach: The Journey, in Comics,” with Rick Ayers, “Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Commitment in the Classroom,” and with Bernardine Dohrn, “Race Course: Against White Supremacy.”