Conceptions on Teaching

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire: http://ptoweb.org/

Young, Gifted, and Black. Theresa Perry

Educating Latino Students. Luis Moll

Improving Learning Environments

John Dewey. Democracy and Education

Rick Ayers. The Berkeley High School Slang Dictionary

Erin Grunwell. The Freedom Writers Diary

Freedom School Curriculum

Geoffrey Canada. Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun

On Urban Education

Bell Hooks. Teaching to Transgress, Routledge, 1994.

William Ayers. Teaching Toward Freedom, Beacon Press, 2004.

William Ayers, Pat Ford. City Kids, City Teachers, New Press, 1996.

The Mis-Education of the Negro

Teaching for Social Justice: A Democracy and Education Reader

Harlen Children’s Zone: http://www.hcz.org/media/publications

Qualitative Research

Ayers, The Good Preschool Teacher

Kotlowitz, There Are No Children Here

Yonemura, A Teacher at Work

Foster, Black Teachers on Teaching

Blake, She Say, He Say

Lightfoot, The Good High School


Improving Learning Environments

  1. Write a “Freedom School Curriculum” for a class of contemporary students—any age, any venue, any focus… The important thing is to be true to and to adequately represent your sense of the deep underlying goals and purposes of a Freedom School.
  1. Beginning with the learning environment that you have somehow mapped or sketched or in another way depicted, represent an improved learning environment along several dimensions suggested by the readings, the classroom discussions, and your own developing awarenesses. This representation can capture something moving through time or focused on a specific moment, something that embodies a whole or focuses on a particular corner that somehow illuminates the whole. Your representation should draw on a wide range of media and can be expressed in a variety of forms—film, photography, painting, dramatic arts, drawing, dance, pantomime, poetry, music, sculpture, weaving, for example—and you should strive for originality and intellectual depth in its execution.

Qualitative Research Questions

What are the purposes of research? What is the nature of knowledge? What is bias? What is the substantive focus of each? What is data? What is data analysis? What is the role of theory? What theory of human development does each embody? What ethical issues arise? What (if anything) distinguishes this work from fiction or journalism? Is research neutral? Is it beneficent? Always? Who does research serve? Who does it help? Can research be linked to advocacy? Should it be?