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Bill Ayers
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William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, teaches courses in interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He is vice-president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association, and a member of the executive committee of the UIC Faculty Senate.

Ayers’ articles have appeared in many journals including the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, Rethinking Schools, The Nation, Educational Leadership, the New York Times and the Cambridge Journal of Education.

His books include A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (Beacon Press, 1997), Fugitive Days: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2001, 2008), The Good Preschool Teacher: Six Teachers Reflect on Their Lives, (Teachers College Press, 1989), and To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher, (Teachers College Press, 1993) which was named Book of the Year in 1993 by Kappa Delta Pi, and won the Witten Award for Distinguished Work in Biography and Autobiography in 1995.

He lives in Hyde Park, Chicago with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn.

Blog Entries by Bill Ayers

What's Your Story?

Posted November 22, 2010 | 11:50:41 (EST)

Teaching and curriculum at their best rest on the twin pillars of enlightenment and liberation, knowledge and human freedom. Teaching in a democracy is geared toward participation and engagement, and it's based, then, on a common faith: every human being is of infinite and incalculable value, each an intellectual, emotional,...

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Response to 'Class Warrior'

Posted October 12, 2010 | 13:47:02 (EST)

Carlo Rotella's flattering portrait earlier this year of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in the New Yorker ("Class Warrior," February 1, 2010) makes a remarkable claim: in today's school reform battles, he asserts, "there are, roughly speaking, two major camps." The first he calls "the free-market reformers," people "who...

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Doublespeak at the University of Wyoming

Posted April 7, 2010 | 18:10:23 (EST)

On March 30, 2010, officials at the University of Wyoming, citing "security threats" and "controversy," canceled two talks I was invited to give in early April, one a public lecture entitled "Trudge Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action," and the other, a talk to faculty and graduate students called...

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Obama and Education Reform

Posted January 2, 2009 | 15:34:21 (EST)

Of course I would have loved to have seen Linda Darling-Hammond become Secretary of Education in an Obama administration. She's smart, honest, compassionate and courageous, and perhaps most striking, she actually knows schools and classrooms, curriculum and teaching, kids and child development. These have never counted for much as qualifications...

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