“Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope” by bell hooks, written in 2004, is the follow up to “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.” In Teaching Community, bell hooks enriches both teaching and lives. Hooks wants readers to go beyond race, gender, class, and nationality, and examine how learning happens. She writes about her own experiences in explaining that teaching can happen anywhere and it doesn’t have to be in the college classroom. She finds that teaching can happen in churches, homes, or even bookstores, and when people get together to discuss ideas that affect every day life, teaching can be the most valuable outcome.
Throughout the book, hooks discusses that no one is born as a racist and these ideals are taught, and that education can help end racism. She discusses how ideals of shared learning, along with struggle, service and love, can help create a community where education can thrive and become a more joyous and inclusive activity. This way, teachers can share their love, commitment and knowledge with students and both students and teachers can learn from each other. Some topics she explores include the place of spirituality in the classroom, white people hoping to end racism, and the relationships between professors and students. If teachers can teach with love, commitment and trust, students benefit and it creates a great environment for learning.