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To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher


reviewed by Pearl Rock Kane 1994

coverTitle: To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher
Author(s): William Ayers
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807732621, Pages: 160, Year: 1993
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To Teach is a compelling intellectual autobiography of a passionate and gifted teacher. The book is a story about teaching and learning, the culmination of a thirty-year career of reflective practice. William Ayers has taught students at various levels, elementary school through college, but he is influenced most by his experiences with young children and with his own three sons. Vivid anecdotes from his teaching career and from his observations of his sons prevent the text from getting dry or prescriptive. The personal approach to professional writing reveals as much about the teller as the tale. Ayers is a generous, loving man and a consummate professional. One gets to know him as well as his beliefs about curriculum, the learning environment, teaching methodology, and assessment. Ayers's principal argument is deceptively simple: Students need to be at the center of schooling. He wants schools to base curriculum on individual students, not on behavioral objectives or state mandates. "Children," he says, "are the untapped resource of schools" (p. 102). Keeping... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 1, 1994, p. 118-120
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 53, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 1:34:40 AM

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