Ayers, W. (2016). Teaching with conscience in an imperfect world: an invitation. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Last 1/3
- Talked about the issues of education, the history of how we got there, and the reform needed to transform it.
- How can we do a better job at teaching people to think fully
- How can we live purposefully in the schools while we imagine
- The basic anatomy of school is is fixed in most of our minds
- Not really "student centered" like people want it to be
- What are we?
- "Learning is living in the most perfect sense"
- Where are we going?
- Perform Freedom
Support children and youth as they pursue their own interests
- Children are human beings not human becomings, and they are natural seekers, meaning-makers, and inventors.
- Real life Learning
- Students ask the simple question: "Why?"
Tell the Difficult and Tangled Truths
- Stand up for what you believe in
- Make students truth-tellers and ethical actors.
- Teach them how to pay attention
- Education empowers people to challenge authority
- Teach children how to trust their own views and knowledge and speak about their experiences which they own.
- We need to defend the rights of the students to have minds of their own.
Search for Root Causes
- Learn about this from history
- Go outside
- Reconnect with nature like Charles Darwin, Margaret Mahler, Galileo, and Marx
Expect Young People to become central actors in their own lives and in the larger world
- We need to be geared toward allowing people to be fully human
- Mizzou and race
- When people act in unison a lot happens
Practice Cooperation-There will be a sense of joy and deeper discipline
Choose Love: "I know you, I love you"
Resist orthodoxy by asking the next question-and the next
- Historicizing everything "What is the history of "x"'
- Politicize everything "What industries suffere because of "x"'
- Active inquiry close to home "what is a typical school lunch"
- We are all individuals and challenge the idea of conformity
Live in the present tense: Students are experiencing life itself
Unite hand and head: Talked about working in a shipyard; challenge whatever offends your experience or your soul
Organize opportunities to do and to make
Resist the notion that education is a K-12 or K-16 affiar
Pursue the production of human beings; not things
See and do art
Demand the impossible
- Rise up and change the world
- Fully engage here and now
- two step approach: One foot planted firmly in the mud; one foot striding freely toward the world as it could be
- Somethings NEED to be changed-in schools and in society
- Reject logic of Power
- "Ten Commitments" called the Ten commandments
- Walt Whitman Quote
- Social Justice
- Look at the world anew
- "Love your own life. Love the world. Be a mensch"