Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

August 25, 2003|
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by Bell Hooks
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Ten years ago, bell hooks astonished readers withTeachingto Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Now comesTeaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope- a powerful, visionary work that will enrich our teaching and our lives. Combining critical thinking about education with autobiographical narratives, hooks invites readers to extend the discourse of race, gender, class and nationality beyond the classroom into everyday situations of learning. bell hooks writes candidly about her own experiences. Teaching, she explains, can happen anywhere, any time - not just in college classrooms but in churches, in bookstores, in homes where people get together to share ideas that affect their daily lives.

InTeaching Communitybell hooks seeks to theorize from the place of the positive, looking at what works. Writing about struggles to end racism and white supremacy, she makes the useful point that "No one is born a racist. Everyone makes a choice."Teaching Communitytells us how we can choose to end racism and create a beloved community. hooks looks at many issues-among them, spirituality in the classroom, white people looking to end racism, and erotic relationships between professors and students. Spirit, struggle, service, love, the ideals of shared knowledge and shared learning - these values motivate progressive social change.

Teachers of vision know that democratic education can never be confined to a classroom. Teaching - so often undervalued in our society -- can be a joyous and inclusive activity. bell hooks shows the way. "When teachers teach with love, combining care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust, we are often able to enter the classroom and go straight to the heart of the matter, which is knowing what to do on any given day to create the best climate for learning."

bell hooksis a writer and critic who has taught most recently at Berea College in Kentucky, where she is Distinguished Professor in Residence. Among her many books are the feminist classicAin''t I A Woman, the dialogue (with Cornel West)Breaking Bread, the children''s booksHappy to Be NappyandBe Boy Buzz,the memoirBone Black...
Title:Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope
Product dimensions:216 pages, 8.56 X 5.44 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 8.56 X 5.44 X 0.5 in
Published:August 25, 2003
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780415968188

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