stephanie jones

Stop the attacks on William (Bill) Ayers!

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Many of you have now heard of Bill Ayers as a “terrorist” who has tried to destroy our country from the inside out. You must know, however, that he is an incredibly well-respected education scholar who is also the vice-president-elect of the largest and most prestigious educational research association: American Educational Research Association (AERA). This alone should tell you how folks in the field of education feel about him..

It’s one thing to try to attack Barack Obama’s character through misleading accusations and lies, it’s another thing entirely to drag a man’s name through the mud over and over and over without anyone publicly speaking out on his behalf.

If you would like to know more about Bill Ayers or show your support for him, click here.

  1. Amen!

    I’ve been teaching Ayers book “To Teach” for years and years and keep it on the syllabus because students have loved it and learn a great deal from it. When we’re about half way through the book, I had always encouraged them to Google him. They’re very surprised about his background but then just want to move on to talk about his ideas on teaching.

    This week, I had to place my book order for that course next quarter. I wavered for a minute, and then contacted my chair to tell her that I’m placing the order.

    She needs to be involved because I think that I need to anticipate kickback, whether from students who may assume that I’m only now ordering the book to make some point beyond the course content, or from community members who may assume worse when they see the book in the bookstore.

    So my ability to engage students in excellent ideas about teaching and learning is compromised at some level, because of all this volatile rhetoric that has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama’s qualifications to be president.

    It’s very very frustrating.

  2. Agreed. Thanks for posting this.

    And what a story to hear about your use of Ayers’ book, despite the need to be careful when broaching the topic of his protest days with Administrators.

    Because of this election’s smear campaigning, Ayers’ name will even further be placed in the limelight and his fruitful & honest work even over the past 30 years will be questioned. I hope educators like you can continue to navigate that sensitivity, yet push to use his positive contributions for what they are.

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