Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

Fans of bell hooks’s earlier works will enjoy her collection of essays on combating racism and sexism in education. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope draws from hook’s personal experiences as both a student and teacher. Her stories offer insight into creating better communities as she covers topics like romantic relationships between professors and students, democratic education, and racism. Her descriptions of her experiences as a teacher, both in and out of the classroom, are valuable reading for educators looking for new perspectives.

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Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope is bell hooks new visionary work that empowers her readers with another powerful text dealing with the subject of education. She offers readers ideas on how to dismantle the current thinking on subjects like class, race, and gender. This new text combines critical thinking about education with her own personal narratives. hooks writes candidly about these experiences and teaches us that learning can happen anywhere at any time. Her book is proof that every moment can be a teaching moment.

In Teaching Community, hooks tries to help readers take a look at the positive, and what works. She tells of struggles to end racism and white supremacy and shows us what we can do to help end racism and create a true community. In her book, hooks discusses subjects like spirituality in the classroom, ending racism, and romantic relationships between professors and students. Her idea that shared knowledge and shared learning can motivate progressive social change runs throughout the text and gives readers hope.

Teachers know that democratic education is not confined to a classroom. As hooks shows us, teaching should not be confined to the classroom. No, it can be and should be, a joyous and inclusive activity that takes place everywhere.


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