• Teaching to Transgress

  • Education as the Practice of Freedom
  • By: bell hooks
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

"To educate is the practice of freedom," writes Bell Hooks, "is a way of teaching anyone can learn." Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher's struggle to make classrooms work.

©1994 Bell Hooks (P)2017 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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Useful but not earthshaking

Because I’m teaching a course in literary criticism, I listened to bell hooks’ book. Transforming classrooms is a good idea, but many of us teach by a sort of Socratic method already, and I had professors who did this decades ago. The book is somewhat dated and uses stereotypes as it decries them. My suggestion to readers is to read a more recent book by this author.

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Must read for meaningful education

The opening chapter is essentially my manifesto as an educator of educators. This should be required reading for every teacher and parent.

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Thoughtful and engaging

bell hooks' words, personal stories paired with Miles' narration reflect on the importance of critical teaching and learning methods. Highly recommend for not just teachers, but parents who would like to engage their children in more humane learning methods to encourage critical thinking that public schools do not provide.

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bell hooks on pedagogy

Excellent thoughts from bell hooks on pedagogy. I especially loved her essay/interview of herself (Gloria Watkins interviewing bell hooks) on the influence of and critique of Paulo Friere in her work.

Some really thoughts on inclusive education and the work of change.

Robin Miles narration is good. I'd prefer hooks, but she did well

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completely relatable!!

i loved this story/lesson about viewing teaching through her lens. I've felt like this my whole life and she validated my thoughts. I read this book because it was one of her only ones on here and also she's my cousin and I'm attempting to understand her before reaching out to her💗if you're into the science of pedagogy check this one out!

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Life Changing!

I could never explain why I loved my favorite professor so much. Now I realize she was teaching for liberation! Phenomenal book that changed the way I will enter classrooms.

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Essential! Transformational!

Bell Hooks’ Teaching to Transgress (education as a liberatory practice) is essential for any teacher who is dedicated to building a more mindful, equitable, and peaceful society.

Robin Miles is a wonderful narrator.

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VERY helpful for revolutionary teachers

First couple chapters were amazing. Last couple chapters even better! Lots of important insight on teaching as a process of liberation.

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A timeless classic

All teachers ought to read this before stepping foot into the classroom. bell hooks offers so much wisdom, courage, and experience toward building democratic classrooms with a pedagogy of freedom.

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Must read (or listen!)

If you're a teacher, or someone that's passionate about education, this book is a must read. What a truly transformative work. Bell Hooks' writing is incredibly passionate and truthful, and the narrator's voice suits it very well.

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  • Ms G. S.
  • 10-11-18

Fantastic

This book hits the nail on the head and needs to be read and discussed by all teachers everywhere.
It's critical for any educator to have Good mental health!

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  • 01-21-20

thanks for an inspiring lesson

I love Robin Miles' reading of bell hooks' writing. As a teacher, I am inspired and comforted by hooks' leadership in engaged pedagogy. As important in 2020 as it was in 1994. Thanks!

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  • Sam
  • 12-03-17

Bell Hocks does not really seem to say anything.

I have heard Bell Hocks talked of as some kind of great thinker. How some can get that idea is beyond me.

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  • Kitty Hawkins
  • 11-27-21

essential reading

As an educator myself this book was critical for getting me out of the mindset that teaching must conform to certain restrictive notions of prestige, professionalism and hierarchy. A perfect book for scholars and anti-racist, progressive teachers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-22

Liberating

So relevant even in 2022. This book is fundamental to critical thinking in reshaping pedagogical praxis and subverting colonial and antiquated academia.