A passionate scholar, philosopher, and educator, bell hooks is the critically acclaimed author of books on racism, feminism, education, class, and culture. A listing of just some of her titles shows the breadth and depth of thought and concerns: Critical Thinking, Teaching to Transgress, Sisters of the Yam, Teaching Community: The Politics of Hope, Art on My Mind: Visual Politics, All about Love, Feminism is for Everyone, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism, Ain’t I a Woman. bell hooks was born in 1952 in Kentucky and grew to womanhood during the Civil Rights Movement.
The following excerpt is from the preface of Critical Thinking (2009):
“I went to college to become a teacher. But I had no desire to teach. I wanted to be a writer. I soon learned that working menial jobs for long hours did not a writer make and came to accept that teaching was the best profession a writer could have. By the time I had finished graduate school I had encountered all types of teachers. Even though progressive teachers who educated for the practice of freedom were the exception, their presence inspired me. I knew that I wanted to follow their example and become a teacher who would help students become self-directed learners…Nurturing the self-development and self-actualization of students in the classroom, I soon learned to love teaching. I loved the students. I loved the classroom. I also found it profoundly disturbing that many of the abuses of power I experienced during my education were still commonplace, and I wanted to write about it.” (p. 3)
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