To Teach

Cover of "To Teach: The Journey of a Teac...

Cover of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher

To Teach, The Journey of a Teacher by William Ayers; yes, that William, “Bill”, Ayers that Sarah Palin called a domestic terrorist and a pal of President Obama. Bill Ayers is now retired after spending his entire life as a teacher and later as a distinguished educator. He helped found the Weather Underground and was responsible for exploding small, symbolic bombs to protest the Vietnam war during his mid to late 20s. No one was injured by the explosions he detonated. He now regrets any acts of his terrorism, but he also regrets not doing more against the Vietnam war. This quotation is from the book:

“Crusading teachers are still needed–in fact we are needed now more than ever.

“And this, I believe, is finally the reason to teach. people are called to teaching because they love children and youth, or because they love being with them, watching them open up and grow and become more able, more competent, more powerful in the world. They may love what happens to themselves when they are with children, the ways in which they become better, more human, more generous. Or they become teachers because they love the world, or some piece of the world enough that they want to show that love to others. In eaither case, people teach as an act of construction and reconstruction, and as a gift of oneself to others. I teach in the hope of making the world a better place.”

Hoorah. I agree wholeheartedly. And I suspect most teachers do too. They work at the profession for the satifaction of teaching, not the money which in most cases is inadequate. So why is the Right so much against teachers? Because they unionize, work for the government and mostly vote Democratic. Big business also looks at teaching as another opportunity to make money by privatizing education.

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