Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Harvest in Translation)

August 18, 2019 - Comment

“After reading Teaching to Transgress I am once again struck by bell hooks’s never-ending, unquiet intellectual energy, an energy that makes her radical and loving.” — Paulo Freire In Teaching to Transgress,bell hooks–writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual–writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to “transgress” against

“After reading Teaching to Transgress I am once again struck by bell hooks’s never-ending, unquiet intellectual energy, an energy that makes her radical and loving.” — Paulo Freire

In Teaching to Transgress,bell hooks–writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual–writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal.

bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom?

Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.  This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself.

“To educate is the practice of freedom,” writes bell hooks, “is a way of teaching anyone can learn.” Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher’s struggle to make classrooms work.

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Anonymous says:

Excellent Reading for Educators Anyone interested in education should probably read this. hooks incorporates insights from her time as a student and her time as a teacher. She is one of the few writers I’ve encountered who seriously considers class (in addition to gender and race) in education and academia. If you worry that inclusive pedagogy shuts down or limits dialogue in the classroom, this book should help soothe you.I share the worry of certain critics here about needlessly complex language in academic…

Anonymous says:

Itai Cardona highly suggests this book bell hooks is an amazing writer. Some of the chapters in this book will make you think, cry, pray, and work for a better tomorrow. While her focus is on the African-American community, one can apply what is learned from this book to any culture, minority, classroom, or group. An absolutely wonderful and easy read. You will not want to put this one down!

Anonymous says:

Must read It really makes you think about yourself and your practices. My only thing is it seems to group everyone that isnt white as people of color which feels like it disregards all other demographics. However, the book is talking about african american experience so I wont take it against the book.

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