Dr. William Ayers to speak at Penn State Altoona
Penn State Altoona’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi will present Dr. William Ayers, Thursday, December 10, 2009 in the TV Lounge of the Slep Student Center. Ayers will deliver “Democracy and Public Schools” from 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Ayers is a progressive education theorist who works with education reform, curriculum, and instruction. He is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois – Chicago, holding the titles of distinguished professor of education and senior university scholar. Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. He has authored numerous publications including “To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher” (Teachers College Press, 1993), which was named book of the year by Kappa Delta Pi and won the Written Award for Distinguished Work in Biography and Autobiography.
The rest of Ayers bio:
Ayers is also an admitted domestic terrorist and co-founder of the Weather Underground, the radical 1960’s terrorist group responsible for bombing the Capital Building, the Pentagon, and New York city police headquarters. Ayers, along with his wife and fellow terrorist Bernardine Dohrn, should be in prison for these bombings and the murder of a San Francisco police officer.
I began teaching when I was 20 years old in a small freedom school affiliated with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The year was 1965, and I’d been arrested in a demonstration. Jailed for ten days, I met several activists who were finding ways to link teaching and education with deep and fundamental social change. They were following Dewey and DuBois, King and Helen Keller who wrote: “We can’t have education without revolution. We have tried peace education for 1,900 years and it has failed. Let us try revolution and see what it will do now.”
I walked out of jail and into my first teaching position—and from that day until this I’ve thought of myself as a teacher, but I’ve also understood teaching as a project intimately connected with social justice. After all, the fundamental message of the teacher is this: you can change your life—whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, another world is possible. As students and teachers begin to see themselves as linked to one another, as tied to history and capable of collective action, the fundamental message of teaching shifts slightly, and becomes broader, more generous: we must change ourselves as we come together to change the world. Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion es revolucion!
Famous Quote by Dr. William Ayers summing up
his domestic terrorist experience:
“Guilty as hell. Free as a bird.
America is a great country.”
. . . to name just a few minor details left out of the bio of the infamous William Ayers.