|Published:||September 1st 2007||Series Title:||Bell Hooks Teaching Trilogy|
InTeaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today.
In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the publication of the previous best-selling volumes in her Teaching series,Teaching to TransgressandTeaching Community.The issues are varied and broad, from whether meaningful teaching can take place in a large classroom setting to confronting issues of self-esteem. One professor, for example, asked how black female professors can maintain positive authority in a classroom without being seen through the lens of negative racist, sexist stereotypes. One teacher asked how to handle tears in the classroom, while another wanted to know how to use humor as a tool for learning.
Addressing questions of race, gender, and class in this work, hooks discusses the complex balance that allows us to teach, value, and learn from works written by racist and sexist authors. Highlighting the importance of reading, she insists on the primacy of free speech, a democratic education of literacy. Throughout these essays, she celebrates the transformative power of critical thinking. This is provocative, powerful, and joyful intellectual work. It is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in education today.
bell hooksis a world-renowned intellectual, cultural critic, and writer who is also Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky. Among her many books are the feminist classicAin't I A Woman, the dialogue (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread, the children's booksHappy to Be NappyandBe Boy Buzz,the memoirBone Blackand the general interest titlesAll About Love,Rock My Soul, andCommunion. She has published seven titles with Routledge:Belonging,We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity,Where We Stand,Teaching to Transgress,Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, andReel to Real.