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"Positing education as the practice of freedom to balance against (or as an antidote to) the notion of education as credential-collecting, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom seeks to help engaged educators navigate the contradictions and challenges of the academy so as to fulfill our mandate to be of compassionate service to students—as whole people, not simply as someone's future employees." – Rain Taxi


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bell hooks is 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 classic Ain't I A Woman, the dialogue (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread, the children's books Happy to Be Nappy and Be Boy Buzz, the memoir Bone Black and the general interest titles All About Love, Rock My Soul, and Communion. 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, and Reel to Real.

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bell hooks is a fabulous educator 14 April 2010
By Steve Schnapp - Published on Amazon.com
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Any classroom teacher interested in improving their pedagogy and empowering students' to think critically will want to read this book. Chapter 12, To Lecture or Not, is worth the price of the book. hooks insightfully examines the contradictions between monologue and a more participatory methods. And the entire book explores a variety of pedagogical issues through race and gender lenses, all the while using her own experiences -- which will resonate with teachers and students of all races and genders -- to put flesh on a theoretical framework. If you care about transformative education then read "Teaching Critical Thinking."
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Education, Critical Thinking, and Freedom 3 Feb. 2011
By Fritz N. Saam - Published on Amazon.com
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bell is a profound and provocative thinker. She causes us to think about what education can accomplish. Her cornerstone is that of critical thinking, a concept that is not taught often enough or from a child's early years. She clearly demonstrates the value of critical thinking in every person's life, not just those who are intellectual or academic. Peace, freedom, and democracy rest on the idea of critical thinking. To excel and feel alive and free we must all learn to think critically. Clearly the masses do not know how to think critically, for they were never taught how and they don't recognize the value in it. bell hooks is passionate about her teaching and it this comes through so very loud and clear in the way she writes. Every educator should read this book. Every student should read this book. It addresses democracy, social change, feminism, critical thinking, racism, and freedom. Her book is a true pleasure to read.
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The First and Only Generation 25 May 2012
By Garth Baker-Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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hooks just keeps on writing more inciteful books, one after another. In this book she shares teaching beyond that first generation of black students in white classrooms where both students (white) and teachers (also white) did not want us. I call us the "First-and-Only-Generation" because we often werre the first intelligent, articulate, and "human" blacks that these white folks had ever met. Thank you for integrating spirituality with critical thinking.
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Great concept, poor execution 26 April 2011
By Doctor Dee - Published on Amazon.com
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I found myself disappointed with this book. There is nothing new offered here in the commentaries and they are so brief as to lack the capacity to trigger deep thinking. There are some nuggets throughout the book but largely the book does not come close to this author's early works.
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Bell Hooks & Critical Thinking 22 Feb. 2010
By K. A. Epp - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book with regard to the value of critical thinking that takes the student below the surface to identify and evaluate core beliefs. Every student should be required to read at least the first three chapters. Unfortunately, Hooks allows her wonderful progressive ideas to become overshadowed by her radical feminism and her critique of "imperialist, white-supremacist capitalist patriarchal domination of academic thought"(94). Had she made the latter points in a slightly more irenic fashion, I think that the reader would understand her concerns in these areas and still be able both to sympathize and possibly to make the necessary changes that Hooks is seeking. As it is, the majority of the book becomes a reader's guessing game as to when the next salvo will come across the bow.

That said, it's still a valuable read. I identified at least twenty different themes related to critical thinking that should be evaluated by our students, many of whom would prefer that we simply do the critical thinking for them and regurgitate it in class in a manner that they can easily study for the test and move on to another subject.

I look forward to reading more of Hooks' work.

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