Fresh Ayers: Crystal Laura & William Ayers - "You Can't Fire the Bad Ones!"

Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Crystal Laura & William Ayers
"A methodical dismantling of the coordinated tenets of the free market assault on public education…A valuable compendium of responses to the shallow, classist hostility to public education.” ––Kirkus Reviews
Crystal Laura and William Ayers discuss "You Can't Fire the Bad Ones!" And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers' Unions, and Public Education. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Co-op
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About the book: In You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones! educators William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers debunk persistent misconceptions about teachers, teachers’ unions, school “choice”, standardized tests, and charter schools, while challenging readers to reevaluate their assumptions about the role of public education.
“We turn to teachers to shatter the myths about teaching from the bottom up, and from the inside out,” the authors write. All students, they argue, deserve a well-resourced and fully functioning school staffed by thoughtful, intellectually grounded, “morally awake,” well-rested, and well-paid teachers who know their students and are committed to their growth and well-being.
Ayers, Laura, and Ayers provide “reality checks” on the most pernicious myths about teachers and public education.
About the authors: William Ayers was a distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), member of the executive committee of the Faculty Senate, and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. Ayers has written extensively about education. He is the author of To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher and Teaching Toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom.
Crystal Laura is an assistant professor of education at Chicago State University (CSU) and co-director of CSU's Center of Urban Research and Education, where she provides training to Chicago Public Schools teachers. She is the author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
Rick Ayers is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of San Francisco in the Urban Education and Social Justice cohort, and USF coordinator of the San Francisco Teacher Residency. He is the author of "An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning After the Death of a Student; Great Books for High School Kids; and Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom.
About the series: Launched in March 2015, the Fresh Ayers series is hosted by activist, teacher, and scholar Bill Ayers. Learn more about the Fresh Ayers series here.
Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago 60637