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Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

“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.



“Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope” by bell hooks follows up on “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.” The book, written in 2004, continues 10 years later with hook’s views of education. Hooks examines education and how race, gender, class and nationality play a role. She discusses her experiences candidly and explains how education should happen beyond the classroom. Education should take place in churches, bookstores or homes. Hooks discusses how education can be people gathered in homes discussing ideas that affect daily lives.

Throughout Teaching Community, hooks discusses how to end racism and create a community that is positive. Some of the issues she discusses include relationships between professors and students, spirituality in education and white people hoping to end racism. Hooks believes that ideas of shared knowledge, shared learning, and service and love can help motivate progressive social change and help move society forward when it comes to education.

Hooks has often written about her experiences with racism and education. She says that teaching is often undervalued in the society and can be a much more joyous and inclusive activity. Throughout the book, hooks wants readers to learn how it can be a joyous experience and with the combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, trust and respect, it’s possible to create a great environment for leaning that benefits students and teachers alike.

Teachers and students should work together to create a community while confronting loss and restoring connections so education can be life sustaining and help expand the mind. Hooks has witnessed transformed lives and restored hopefulness that exists from that. She believes that education should be rooted in hopefulness.


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