Inspired by the life and work of Bill Ayers - particularly his advice to teach into the contradiction - Diving In reflects the intellectual adventures that Ayers has always encouraged those around him to undertake. Written by leading educators and activists, the collected chapters within this book are as diverse as the myriad contradictions that teachers encounter in their day-to-day practice and their out-of-class musings. The contributors use themes suggested by Ayers's work to open up new perspectives and discourses on key issues in education, such as education as a human right, participatory democracy, social justice, and liberation. Diving In offers much-needed hope at a time when teachers need it the most.
Isabel Nunez is associate professor in the Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice at Concordia University Chicago, USA. Crystal T. Laura is assistant professor of Educational Leadership at Chicago State University, USA. Rick Ayers founded the Communication Arts and Sciences small school at Berkeley High School and is an assistant professor of education at the University of San Francisco, USA.