Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom
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Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

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In Teaching Critical Thinking, renowned cultural critic and progressive educator bell hooks addresses some of the most compelling issues facing teachers in and out of the classroom today. In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the...more
Published September 1st 2007 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2007)
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I really like bell hooks – she is so clear and passionate. While these aren’t the only qualities one needs, they really do go a long way to having me forgive a multitude of other sins. My reading relationship with Malcolm Gladwell is a case in point; although needless to say, I feel I have far more in common with bell than with Malcolm.

And this is such a lovely book about things I’ve been thinking a lot about for quite some time. One of the main things that student teachers worry about is whethe...more
I read this for selfish reasons and am so glad that I did. I needed a refresher in terms of my approach to teaching and more than that, I needed to hear from a black, female intellectual (one who does not apologize for being any of these things) that has instructed at a predominately white college and in a way that prepares her students to be true learners rather than regurgitators of information who are passive listeners (which is academically gross btw). I get two weeks a year to prepare black...more
bell hooks is my intellectual crush. She's has the awesome ability to blend progressive ideas, complex theory, good-will, feminism, love of self, and love of learning in all that she has written. Meeting her at an NCTE conference several years ago continues to be an indelible memory in my journey as a thinker, feminist, teacher and man. That she even seemed to be flirting with me as we conversed (at least the complete stranger sitting next to me thought so) stands as a bit of justification that...more
Taymara Jagmohan
Teaching critical reading isn't the substance that I personally expected, but the logic augmented between the lines was plausible.
There was a lot of racial justice in this one, but I preferred a book that speaks directly about critical thinking rather than racial injustice. What's with the world and justice? Stop fighting for it, and live a decent life; maybe then we'll have a chance at really donating justice to our fellow mates. It's like people fight so much for a win; and they never actuall...more
I've been thinking a lot about several different topics in this book, the hierarchy between myself and the young people I work with, compassion, the place of love in my work, building trust. bell hooks seemed to read my mind and address all of these issues, and more. Here are a few of my favorite quotes...

"To honor a teacher with reverence does not require subordination. In a democratic society where there is so much emphasis on equality, there is a tendency to forget that inequality does not ne...more
Erika Barrington
Dec 01, 2010 Erika Barrington rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kelly
Shelves: crucial
bell hooks writing in this book makes me feel pretty darn inspired.
so many beautiful nuggets.
i think its particularly helpful while you're in some kind of structured program. which i am.
and its suited for folks who already have tons of reading, because the chapters are only a few pages.
i will admit some chapters fall flat for me in comparison to others.
favorites so far though... the crying chapter, the discussion about what it means to be a critical thinker, the democratic education chapter,...more
I think that this is probably not the ideal place to begin my reading of bell hooks. I guess that this is what happens when you realize one day that you have somehow become a grown up person who calls herself a feminist without reading any bell hooks, and so you hop over to Amazon and grab the first couple of Kindle titles that sound interesting.

Not that this is a bad book by any means. If you do any sort of teaching (and I still do quite a lot of teaching even though "teacher" or "instructor"...more
Cheryl Beran
The title of this book is Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. Don't know where the Plantation Culture bit comes from. The copyright is for 2010, so maybe it will change, as it is only 2009. Hooks is a critical race theorist, but I think she is much more than that. Her issues confront race, gender, and class. I liked her ideas of having students write a paragraph and share that writing with others almost every day. It is about helping students with finding their voice.
I love bell hooks, but if you want her on education, then Teaching To Transgress is your jam. Lots of repetition from that book to this one, with only moderate elaboration and a few new ideas brought in. But it's still worth a read.
Erin (Brown) Vrugic
helps me to re-focus my teaching and remember why i do what i do with all it's challenges.

someone walked away with my book at a teaching seminar, so not able to finish reading this fabulous book. guess that person really needed it.
bell hooks is often quoted in my department. I have been teaching for eight years, and while I did not feel like I learned very much from reading this book, that is only because these are already things I try to embrace in my classroom thanks to the awesome teacher community I am surrounded by.

This was our 2014 department summer read.

About 30 brief essays on topics ranging from Engaged Pedagogy to Spirituality to Conflict. This book, however, does not lend itself to mass consumption. Right off the bat, Hooks drops you into the world of imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, and I suspect those without a certain amount of preparation will be put off by it. Also, Hooks writes from the perspective of a college professor, so the lower the grade level, the less this may resonate, with the exception of Hooks' chapter...more
bell hooks is a prolific author who writes on a wide range of topics for teaching to feminism to racism to sexuality to critical thinking and beyond. This book is a collection of 32 essays (or teachings as she calls them) answering many of the questions that have been posed to here by readers and listeners over the years. While some of the essay are insightful and brilliant, others seem to rehearse old arguments. hooks knows she has a following and this book is really written to that group and s...more
Essential readings on the art of teaching critical and practical thinking. Very accessible, clear cut and well focused, in short but detailed 'teachings'.
Erik Orrantia
A powerful, concise book that touches a wide range of topics in a way that is unafraid of majority thinking. It is a reflection of real, heart-felt, learned experience, and a call to challenge those social paradigms that seek to oppress. I highly recommend it.
Pidin tästä. Etukäteen olen vierastanut bell hooksia jo tuon nimen kirjoitustavan takia, mutta sen lisäksi hooks rikkoo ihastuttavalla tavalla myös tieteellisen kirjoittamisen sääntöjä. Vapauttava kasvatus on kuin kokoelma pohtivia esseitä, raikasta luettavaa.
Marc Medley
I heard author Bell Hooks on WBAI 99.5 FM and immediately went out and purchased the book. I've just started reading the book; however, I can tell by the table of contents that it is going to be a good read (no pun intended).
All teachers should read this trilogy if they are serious about social justice in the classroom. I put together a whole presentation of quotes from this dynamic work for PD on critical thinking.
I loved this book!! It speaks to revolutionizing educational methods. I need to purchase this book a go to book for sure!!
Lisa Phillips
The book contains short, useful, and insightful essays about teaching critical thinking to resistant audiences.
Scott Neigh
Reviewed here.
Courtney Stoker
I cannot accurately describe my love for this woman and her pedagogy books.
Karen Boothroyd
Full of wisdom and insight! Looking forward to reading more of her work.
Oct 09, 2012 Shinichi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had a copy of this book when I was in college.
Really intersting read for folks who teach at any levle.
Apr 28, 2010 Jennifer marked it as to-read
Recommended to Jennifer by: TLF
Spring 2010 TLF book recommendation
Cyndi Lu
lots of good wisdom as always.
Roberta Morris
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bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in...more
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