BOOK MARKS — September 2018

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“Book Marks” is a new series on the beings@bridge blog. This bi-monthly series highlights interesting and informative reads on themes that relate to the education sector, as submitted by the BRIDGE team. July’s read is Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom written by feminist author Bell Hooks.

“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.”
Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

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 practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings. This is a rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise critical questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching its self.

To read the free PDF version of Teaching to Transgress, click here