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the journey of a teacher, Second Edition

William Ayers
Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Pub Date: March 2001, 168 pages

Paperback: $21.95, ISBN: 0807739855
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"To Teach is one of the few books about teaching that does not disappoint. Ayers takes the reader on a wonderful journey that is filled with intriguing side trips and scenic views. He refuses to sugar coat the work of a teacher but his work does not, by default, lead us to a place of hopelessness, powerlessness, or despair."
—From the Foreword by Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"William Ayers creates a wise and beautiful account of what teaching is and might be by reaching into the depths of his own experiences as an activist teacher, father, perpetual student, community leader. He leaves us with fresh awareness of what the teaching project signifies. He provokes us, each in our own fashion, to move further in our own quests."
Maxine Greene, Teachers College, Columbia University

"No one since John Holt has written so thoughtfully about the things that actually happen in the classroom. Ayers has been there and he knows, and he shares what he has learned with tremendous sensitivity. The book, I’m sure, will be required reading in every school in the nation."
—Jonathan Kozol

"Bill Ayers speaks as teacher, parent, and student: as compassionate observer and passionate advocate of his three sons and of all of our children. What is unique is the way in which the personal and professional merge seamlessly. . . . Ayers is a wonderful story teller."
Herbert Kohl

"To Teach is an imaginative, elegant, and inspiring book that reveals what is most important about teaching. In direct and pointed contrast to recent efforts that attempt to minimize the human and moral dimensions of teaching, Ayers captures the essence of what it means to teach. This book is essential reading for anyone who believes that teachers can change lives."
Michèle Foster, Claremont Graduate University

"Ayers’ riveting description of his unfolding journey as a teacher will be a helpful guide to teachers at all stages of their careers."
Teaching Education

To Teach is the story of one teacher’s odyssey into the ethical and intellectual heart of teaching, and at the same time an invitation to teachers to more thoughtfully and carefully map their own pathways. This second edition offers new resources and addresses the small schools movement, as well as new challenges facing teachers. In conceptual and practical ways, To Teach narrates an essential journey all teachers must take if , at the end of their own Yellow Brick Roads, they are to achieve the basics: a heart, a brain, the nerve, and a home. This engaging volume provides:

  • Inspiration to teachers who want to reconnect with their highest aspirations and hopes
  • A practical guide to teaching as a moral practice
  • An antidote to teaching as a linear, connect-the-dots enterprise
  • A study guide for readers that is available on-line at teacherscollegepress.com

Click here for a free, printable to teach study guide.

Also by William Ayers:
The Good Preschool Teacher
To Become a Teacher: Making a Difference in Children's Lives
A Simple Justice: The Challenge of Small Schools
Teaching for Social Justice
A Light in Dark Times: Maxine Greene and the Unfinished Conversation

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