In Praise of Our Teachers: A Multicultural Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us

In Praise of Our Teachers: A Multicultural Tribute to Those Who Inspired Us


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A joyous collection of tributes-both original and previously published-that celebrate the gifts of remarkable teachers.

Teachers have always made an indelible impression on their charges. Now, in this new book, Gloria Wade-Gayles has brought together a winning and touching collection of pieces about teachers and teaching, with inspiring and dramatic anecdotes woven in. Each story offers a new and unique perspective on some of our country's most beloved teachers.

With pieces by legendary writers like Langston Hughes and Alice Walker, we see how a strong teacher can turn a nervous child into a world renowned artist. Robin D. G. Kelley frames a short history of busing with a sweet story about having a crush on his third grade teacher. Marian Wright Edelman celebrates Howard Zinn's teaching style, his insistence on exploration and questioning; and Zinn himself provides an opinion on the profession he has practiced for most of his life.

But we also hear from a diverse group of students: writers who were part of the first wave of integration in their school system and immigrants who learned to speak English and participate in American culture in their schools.

We get stories from Catholic schools, pubic schools, college classrooms, and more. In this age of standardized testing, In Praise of Our Teachers is a wonderful reminder of the immeasurable influence that teachers will always have on their students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807031483
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/16/2003
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gloria Wade-Gayles holds the Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair at Spelman College and is a CASE professor of Teaching Excellence for the state of Georgia. She is author of numerous books, including Pushed Back to Strength: A Black Woman's Journey Home and Rooted Against the Wind: Personal Essays, and editor of My Soul Is a Witness: African-American Women's Spirituality and Father Songs: Testimonies by African-American Sons and Daughters. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Table of Contents

1I Saw Them Believing
From a Conversation3
Learning to Be Heard: Portrait of Teacher Sister Dolorosa, O.S.P.4
In Praise of Good Teachers, with Love11
My History Lesson22
From Unbought and Unbossed30
Mistresses of Magic31
From Voices and Silences37
"Oh Freedom": Education in the Piney Woods of Mississippi39
Gifts: Four Teachers, Four Stories41
Remembering Mo Hunt50
A Teacher's Touch53
2Respect and Passion for the Discipline
From a Conversation59
Mrs. Lewis, a Tribute60
From With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together71
My Lifeline72
To My Teachers, "Well Done!"74
First Crush76
From Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician100
From The Big Sea: An Autobiography104
Miss Delaney Was Right105
3Leading by Example
From a Conversation109
From Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors111
Yes, They Could! And Yes, They Did!114
From Angela Davis: An Autobiography118
Dr. McAllister120
From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings122
If You Can Read This ... A Letter of Thanks to One of the Great Teachers124
Vida Freeze127
Planting Ivy: A Calling129
From a Conversation134
From a Conversation135

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