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Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

In this book, renowned author bell hooks provides clarity on teaching in her inimitable style. Hooks boldly raises controversial topics that require attention in order to move education forward in this country. Bravely addressing gender, race and class differences, she talks about the need for a complex balance that makes teaching so important and exciting.

When we teach, it’s important to value and learn from divisive works authored by sexist or racist writers. You can’t fight what you don’t understand. Hooks highlights that reading is essential to learning. Above all else, free speech is the most powerful tool of democracy and deserves primacy, no matter what the speaker is espousing.

In her essays, she elevates the transformative process that accompanies critical thinking. This is provocative book is a celebration of the intellectual. If you are interested in teaching, education or pedagogy in this country, this book is a must read.

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In Teaching Critical Thinking, cultural commentator Bell Hooks hits hards on topics of dear to progressive educators. Travel with Hooks as she shares her deep thinking on the most compelling issues teachers have to deal with in today’s classrooms.

In approachable essays that cut to the heart of each topic, she elucidates the reader and makes confounding issues more understandable. Hooks has responded to controversial topics raised by students and teachers, who urged her to publish their deepest worries and fears. Hooks previous works include best sellers Teaching to Transgress as well as Teaching Community.

The topics in this volume range widely. She asks how much meaningful learning occurs in overcrowded classrooms, raises the challenge of helping kids raise their self-esteem and many other critical discussion points.

In the book, Hooks talks about a professor who asked for advice on bias faced by black female professors, who are challenged when they try to exercise positive authority while teaching. Another teacher wants to know how to deal with upset students that burst into tears during a lesson. One intrepid teacher is curious how Hooks suggests he incorporate humor in lessons to ease the burden of learning.

This is perhaps Bell Hooks’ crowning achievement in her series on education. She covers most topics in broad strokes but with deft comments that add value and insight to even the most casual reader. You’ll find the influence of John Dewey and Paolo Freire in her work. She calls on their criticism of classical education that Hooks says drive the country’s current teaching models. When speaking about critical thinking, she orients the reader toward a specific, achievable aim. One example of this is democratic social progress.

To grasp the value of Hooks’ approach, come at this book with an open mind, ready to be persuaded by someone who is an inside observer. She weaves together the relationship between democracy and critical thinking and democracy. This allows her to position her conceptions of what critical thinking is at its core. Also, that ideas need reflection in reality to hold value. Hooks shows that practical wisdom must be questioned when students and teachers are not encouraged to think critically.

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In a series of short, accessible, and enlightening essays, hooks explores the confounding and sometimes controversial topics that teachers and students have urged her to address since the publication of the previous best-selling volumes in her Teaching series, Teaching to Transgress and Teaching Community. The issues are varied and broad, from whether meaningful teaching can take place in a large classroom setting to confronting issues of self-esteem. One professor, for example, asked how black female professors can maintain positive authority in a classroom without being seen through the lens of negative racist, sexist stereotypes. One teacher asked how to handle tears in the classroom, while another wanted to know how to use humor as a tool for learning.

Addressing questions of race, gender, and class in this work, hooks discusses the complex balance that allows us to teach, value, and learn from works written by racist and sexist authors. Highlighting the importance of reading, she insists on the primacy of free speech, a democratic education of literacy. Throughout these essays, she celebrates the transformative power of critical thinking. This is provocative, powerful, and joyful intellectual work. It is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in education today.

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bell hooks is a world-renowned intellectual, cultural critic, and writer who is also Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky. Among her many books are the feminist classic Ain't I A Woman, the dialogue (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread, the children's books Happy to Be Nappy and Be Boy Buzz, the memoir Bone Black and the general interest titles All About Love, Rock My Soul, and Communion. She has published seven titles with Routledge: Belonging, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real.

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Addressing questions of race, gender, and class in this work, hooks discusses the complex balance that allows us to teach, value, and learn from works written by racist and sexist authors. Highlighting the importance of reading, she insists on the primacy of free speech, a democratic education of literacy. Throughout these essays, she celebrates the transformative power of critical thinking. This is provocative, powerful, and joyful intellectual work. It is a must read for anyone who is at all interested in education today.

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bell hooks is a world-renowned intellectual, cultural critic, and writer who is also Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Studies at Berea College in Kentucky. Among her many books are the feminist classic Ain't I A Woman , the dialogue (with Cornel West) Breaking Bread, the children's books Happy to Be Nappy and Be Boy Buzz, the memoir Bone Black and the general interest titles All About Love, Rock My Soul , and Communion . She has published seven titles with Routledge: Belonging , We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity , Where We Stand , Teaching to Transgress , Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture , and Reel to Real .

1. critical thinking

2. democratic education

3. engaged pedagogy

4. decolonization

5. integrity

7. collaboration (written with Ron Scapp)

8. conversation

9. telling the story

10. sharing the story

11. imagination

12. to lecture or not

13. humor in the classroom

14. crying time

15. conflict

16. feminist revolution

17. black, female and academic

18. learning past the hate

19. honoring teachers

20. teachers against teaching

21. self-esteem

22. the joy of reading

23. intellectual life

24. writing books for children

25. spirituality

27. to love again

28. feminist change

29. moving past race and gender

30. talking sex

31. teaching as prophetic vocation

32. practical wisdom

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bell hooks on Critical Thinking

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” ― bell hooks

Black American cultural theorist bell hooks’ distinguished contribution to sociology has been to unearth the intersecting issues of cultural difference, race and knowledge within feminism. Starting out as a literature professor, hooks would go on to challenge cultural studies in the early 1980s with books such as  Ain’t I A Woman?: Black Women and Feminism  and  Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre . Her work shows how women of colour have been marginalised by power structures in society as well as by White feminists who purport to speak about the universal struggle of all women. hooks argued that mainstream feminism silences experiences of race, ethnicity and class.

For the past three decades, hooks has explored the representation of race in popular culture, and how this affects social relations and public education. In the seminal  Cultural Transformation  video series, from 1997, bell hooks explains the importance of critical thinking for women in general, as well as for racial justice. Her work has been adopted by feminists and cultural theorists around the world. Let’s take a look back at this work and its prevailing resonance two decades later.

Critical thinking and pedagogy

hooks talks about popular culture as a site for  pedagogy  – this term describes an iterative relationship of learning from student to teacher and vice versa. She discusses how students she taught in White, privileged schools feel a sense of entitlement about their future in a way that people of colour students in poorly funded schools do not imagine for themselves. hooks’ students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds have jobs, children and other responsibilities that shape their expectation of the future. It is not that hooks’ students from Harlem were any less brilliant, the issue is that they exist in a reality where the education system only deemed to provide them with the basic “tools” to get a job, rather than to enhance their lives in a more profound way.

hooks notes that critical thinking can enhance not just these students whose choices are constrained. Critical thinking is just as important for them as it is for middle and upper class people who are materially privileged, but who are experiencing a personal crisis. Critical thinking is about having the language and frames of reference to examine one’s life in-depth,  as well as the world around us, so we can ask questions about the things we take for granted.

Critical thinking about sexism and racism

hooks’ work helps audiences to reconsider why stories are told from specific points of view that marginalise people of colour and White women, and she raises questions about how the logic of inequality becomes normalised in films and music. Why is it okay to watch movies and expect women to be raped and killed as part of the narrative arc? Why do sexually desirable women in Hollywood so often get cast in the role of sex worker who gets abused? Why are women characters denied a complex personal journey?

Women often have limited dialogue in the full scheme of the story. Men get to be heroes with interesting tales, even when their characters are despicable drunks. While hooks was speaking in the late 1990s, the picture hasn’t changed much since. Today, women make up only one-third of speaking roles in global movies .

Why does Hollywood tell stories the way they do, with racism and racist sexism at the core? Why cast a Black kid in the role of a thief? Why is it James Earl Jones who voices the villain in Star Wars—who decides that a deep Black male voice represents evil? Why was Spike Lee seen as a “failure” in Hollywood at the peak of his career? Does an increased consumption of “Black culture” by White, privileged youth help eliminate social inequality, or is “Blackness” simply a commodity?

These questions may seem familiar to students of sociology, but they are not straightforward. hooks argues that it is possible to enjoy big release movies and yet ask questions and problematise what we see on-screen.

  • Why was this story told this way?
  • Whose voice is being heard?
  • Who is being silenced?

hooks discusses examples from the 1990s, such as the spectacle of race, gender and crime in the way news is reported. hooks uses the O.J. Simpson trial as an example, but in Australia we can see this in the lack of interest in Aboriginal women’s deaths , scaremongering over Sudanese-Australians and how  migrant-Australian youth  are alienated versus the media’s  irreverant treatment of White Australians .

hooks also explores whether mainstream music can be thought of as evidence of sexual liberation when it remains sexist and racist (such as Madonna’s sexual exploitation of Black men), and whether rap culture can be thought as “authentic” when lucrative rap producers are “pushing a product.” That is, popular music pursues wealth via images and language that position abuse as erotic. hooks argues much of popular rap music perpetuates a “colour caste system” within Black culture, by elevating the status of lighter-skinned, straight-haired Black women over those with darker skin (for a more recent example, see  Straight Outta Compton ).

When Black women publicly question this racist and sexist logic, they are denied professional opportunities, even after an Oscar win . While women make up only 7% of the world’s directors, most of them are from majority ethnic and racial groups. When White women directors have an opportunity to tell stories, they often  ignore, whitewash and romanticise the intersections of gender and racial inequality.

Critical thinking as radical intervention

Finally, hooks argues that despite an increasing focus on visual forms of communication, reading and writing are incredibly important to critical thinking. hooks says that the books she has read have been at the heart of “ major radical interventions ” in her personal life. The written word complements visual representations, as hooks reminds us:

We cannot over-value enough the importance of literacy to a culture that is deeply visual. I mean rather than seeing literacy and the visual and our pleasure in the visual as oppositional to one another, I think we have to see them as compatible with one another. I don’t think we will get much further in terms of decolonising our minds . So that we can both resist certain kinds of conservatising representation and at the same time create new and exciting representations.

I couldn’t agree more. bell hook’s  Margin to Centre  had a major impact on me as a junior scholar (and to this day) as well as her work on cultural appropriation .

Read the  Cultural Transformation  series the PDF transcript  to help you digest the wealth of ideas.

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A bell hooks Book For Every Season Of Life

b ell hooks is an irreplaceable voice in discussions on feminism, self-love, healing, and gender and race equality. Her writings have transformed the way many approach some of the most challenging or taboo conversations about self-actualization. The hard work of becoming a more self-aware human is made easier with a bell hooks book in hand, trust us. Black women especially deserve to move through life with a hooks book within arm’s reach at all times. As a writer, hooks wrote tenderly for and about the lived experience of African American and Diaspora women relentlessly. 

Always intimate, ruthlessly honest, and endlessly relatable, hooks has a way of speaking to the heart. So much so that even after her passing in 2021, her work and life is widely cited and featured in curriculums worldwide. Out of her 30+ publications, we have listed eight books that align with the various chapters of life. Read on to explore a bell hooks book for every season of life. 

A bell hooks book for every season of life

Talking back: thinking feminist, thinking black.

Most African-American and Caribbean households have a name for chatting back or talking out of line. There is often an added heaviness for the girl-child of the family who exposes their innate outspokenness too soon. This is the book for when you’re ready to challenge the way you were raised. The book feels like a friend for the Black girls who weren’t, and maybe still aren’t, able to freely speak their minds. This book explores what it means to finally be able to talk back and outgrow the silencing of Black girls, turned women.

Read this when: You’re ready to fend for your inner child and provide them with permission to vocalize their thoughts entirely.

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

As you go through the phases of defining and redefining your feminism, this is a good place to land. hooks presents some timeless and necessary evidence – that remains relevant today, FYI – to prove how feminism needs to be more inclusive to be relevant. The book really makes light of the word classic; it basically holds all understandings of feminism accountable. Everyone who wants the real deal on the intersections of gender equality and race should give this a read. 

Read this: alongside Alice Walker’s ‘Womanism.’

All About Love: New Visions

All About Love is a generous offering for radically new ways of thinking about love. This book challenges the idea that romantic love is the most prevalent of them all. It holds a mirror up to personal, professional, and childhood lives to get to the heart of what it truly means to dwell in love. Start here if you’re at a stage in your life where you’re open to unlearning what you know about love and taking a no-shame, compassionate approach to it.

Read this when: you want to reimagine love as a verb and tear down old ideas of limited love, forgiveness, and shame. 

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood  

This memoir shows the journey from girlhood to womanhood, dreamer to writer, and Gloria Jean Watkins to bell hooks. While learning what the world believes about gender roles and race, hooks, as a girl, also discovers the intimacy of her inner world. In this autobiography, she invites us into that world without barriers. It is a vulnerable look into the upbringing of the world’s most acclaimed feminist and writer of her generation.

Read this if: you’re a lover of memoirs and want to be further inspired by the making of bell hooks. This is a bell hooks book that truly honors her life and legacy.

Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery 

Released in 1994, the book confronts some of the deepest and untouched discussions about the lack of space created for Black women’s healing. It is a grounding piece of literature that wants nothing more than to affirm Black women’s experiences. ‘Sisters of the Yam’ is a read to prompt a new relationship with the body and society too. Much like her other publications, this book has been praised for being empowering and essential reading for Black women everywhere.

Read this if: you’re on your personal healing journey and want to feel seen by a writer who experiences life just like you. 

The Will To Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love  

A book written to show men that they are love and loved. ‘The Will To Change’ is as fierce and brave as any hooks offering. The book touches on topics such as fear of intimacy, the spiritual work of embracing emotions, and also understanding of toxic masculinity. It’s a book worth having in the collection if you’re a man, or have a man you love (in any way) in your life.  

Read this if: you’re a man who struggles to express love easily or if you know a man who does. 

Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place

bell hooks also wrote poetry, if you didn’t know. These poems are delicate musings on memory, forgetting, land, and despair. Many readers comment on how exceptionally the introduction speaks to the rich but simple poems. Musical and political, what more could you expect of hooks’ poetic hand? 

Read this if: you’re a poetry lover and want to indulge in some poems on the wild of the Appalachians, according to the bell hooks.

Communion: The Female Search for Love  

This is a book that stresses the need for true friends, loving companions, and fearless self-love. It leans into observations about women being punished for presenting as anything other than weak, compromising, and dependent on a romantic partner. It feels as though hooks writes this with awareness of the culture of self-help and self-care that now dominates the minds of women across generations. In ‘Communion,’ hooks writes about the dynamics of being a powerful, self-actualized woman who would rather be alone than settle for less than her standard. The book is abundant in affirmations to seek out romance in all aspects of life without compromise or chase, including partners, friendships, families, and self. 

Read this when: you step into your fullness and are ready to distance yourself from unhealthy relationships. 

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On Black Feminist Pedagogies

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“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy,” asserts bell hooks in her 1994 book  Teaching to Transgress . In the book, hooks offer  engaged pedagogy  as an approach that challenges the conventions of western teaching techniques and curriculum in higher education. Whereas pedagogy, in its broadest sense, refers to the science or methods and practices of teaching, engaged pedagogy also includes an active commitment to students’ spiritual well-being and empowerment in the pursuit of self-actualization via critical thinking.  Teaching to Transgress  is only one work in the canon of  Black feminist pedagogies , which rely on Black women’s lived experiences to create learning practices that promote equality and a  multiple consciousness  to counteract the chauvinism and elitism of western education. In this blog post, I touch briefly on some principles of Black feminist pedagogies, explaining the uniqueness of these approaches relative to traditional education, including my own practice of  digital Black feminist pedagogy .

The Principles of Black Feminist Pedagogy

For me, as a Black woman, my pedagogy is not only a political act, but an act of courage.” –  Annette Henry

Professor Annette Henry of the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus offers up this statement in her 1994  Action in Teacher Education  essay “ There are no safe places .” According to Henry, Black women educators navigate a perilous, politicized, and unsafe terrain while teaching critical analysis on race and class injustice. Black feminist educators base their curriculum on the reality of  misogynoir , complicating western feminist assertions about the classroom as a safe space. 

Black feminist pedagogies are diverse, but they share certain commonalities. As Henry notes in her essay, Black feminists recognize the power of pedagogy to transform consciousness and destabilize existing power relations by getting students to:

  • raise consciousness to understand or challenge how oppression and domination occur and the political consequences of their work 
  • develop a critique of the  matrix of domination  and an understanding of how it shapes their lives
  • envision alternative social relations and their role in transforming society

In a 2005 essay for  Counterpoints  overviewing Black feminist pedagogies, Henry explains that Black feminist epistemology transforms and expands beyond the formal classroom in ways that support pedagogies of liberation and protest. Through a critical and feminist approach to learning, progressive Black women teachers draw from a diversity of thinkers to articulate alternative visions of social relations in dialogue with their students.

The Role of Black Women Educators

The commitment to raising consciousness resonates with Black feminist educators across disciplines.  Barbara Omolade , Dean of Multicultural Affairs at Calvin College, outlines this principle in her 1987 essay “A Black Feminist Pedagogy” published in  Women’s Studies Quarterly . Omolade emphasizes that dedication to cultivating the  Black women’s standpoint  provides a means for fostering equality and critical consciousness through teaching. Such an approach necessitates applying learning strategies informed by the ways  intersectionality  and multiple jeopardy have historically shaped Black women’s experiences. It also includes Black women teaching other Black women and others about Black women.

Omolade’s essay outlines a paradigm in which students bring their life experiences and standpoints to the classroom and the instructor acts as a consultant in the learning process. Black feminist pedagogy in particular draws on this style of engagement to promote literacy that spans differences and enables Black women to connect to each other and to themselves. This approach provides relevant educational material and promotes rigorous academic demands for the purpose of liberating working people, especially Black women:

By making available knowledge of their own history as well as that of the ruling elite, knowledge of men and women and Black and white people, we can give students a sense of their worth and their power to affect their position and condition. The worker can become a scholar who does not have to abandon her class in order to become educated. – Omolade (1987:36)

A liberatory classroom environment involves embracing varied, global perspectives to encourage new ideas and scholarly models, especially for Black women students. Teaching Black women about themselves and their history empowers them to transition from the academic periphery to cutting-edge knowledge bearers.

Challenging Western Models of Education

Black feminist epistemology leads to pedagogies that reject chauvinist and elitist western intellectual traditions. Black women integrating higher education spaces exposes contradictions between students and instructors in terms of similar yet disparate experiences of race, gender, and class. As Omolade explains, these tensions create a rift between student expectations and instructors’ sense of student needs within the context and politics of learning in higher education. Black feminists struggle for the authority to pursue a feminist pedagogy that informs in research, study, and development of Black women in academia.

Writing under the umbrella of  womanism ,  Joy James ‘s 1991  Feminist Teacher  article “ Reflections on Teaching: Gender, Race, & Class ” analyzes these issues from her perspective as a visiting researcher at a largely white elite public university in the midwestern U.S. While in this role, James participated with a team of professors in the execution of a multicultural and interdisciplinary course titled “Gender, Race, & Class: Perspectives on Oppression, Power, and Liberation.” James highlights how the values of western education differ from an antiracist and antisexist approach:

Critical thought (particularly that of womanist theorists) and critical teaching do not append to Eurocentric patriarchal “education.” They dismantle it. Teaching critical theory that analyzes the interrelatedness of oppression and liberation is a political and subversive act. Integrating critical theory into one’s worldview is likewise political and helps to transform the irrationality and anti-democratic bias that shapes, if not dominates, our encounters with each other. – James (1991:15) 

Black feminist pedagogies that stress community values alongside analytical abilities challenge biases and encourage ethical action. However, James cautions that institutional barriers hinder the full potential of liberal education programs like race, class, and gender studies, particularly when some students refuse or disregard antiracist and antisexist components of the course when learning from Black women.

A key task of Black feminist pedagogies is to encourage students to examine the power relations of institutional structures. This task informs themes of Black feminist critiques of education Annette Henry highlights in the Counterpoints essay:

  • The education system functions as a patriarchy that serves a white elite.
  • White academic feminist pedagogy often ignores issues of class and race, thereby failing to have relevance for the majority of Black women.
  • Black educational thought privileges masculinist discourse in ways that minimize the educational concerns of Black women and girls. 

For these reasons, Henry explains that antiracist pedagogical practice and education are critical to the well-being of Black women. Yet, traditional curriculum erases and misrepresents them, instead promoting western masculinist thought that rationalizes us-versus-them politics to maintain the eurocentric patriarchal status quo. Therefore, traditional curriculum functions undermine  all  students’ ability to drive progress by making them unaware of social injustices and economic inequalities affecting certain social groups. Teaching is very much a political and spiritual act for Black feminists, in the face of varying degrees of hostility or resistance. 

Black Feminist Pedagogy Today

Several years ago, I blogged about the ways I felt my teaching aligned with what I then referred to as  Black cyberfeminist pedagogy . At the time, I expressed that I used digital technology in my teaching in ways inspired by longstanding Black feminist educational practices.  Carmen Kynard , a Professor of English at Texas Christian University, offers a fantastic resource at  Blackfeministpedagogies.com  that delves deeper into the broader literature on the topic. 

In my view, Black women intellectuals actively use digital technology as pedagogical tools and produce intellectual thought from a Black women’s standpoint offering starting points for the development of critical consciousness among learners within a digital society. 

Have you experienced or practiced Black feminist pedagogy in the classroom? I welcome your voice about the experience in the comments!

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