Conversations with great teachers

| February 22, 2011

Title: Conversations with great teachers
Bill Smoot
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2010
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Press release:
In the tradition of the late Studs Terkel’s oral histories, Bill Smoot’s Conversations with Great Teachers interviews teachers in all walks of life. There are classroom teachers and university professors, teachers in medical schools and culinary institutes and ballet schools. There are corporate and political mentors, teachers of plumbers and carpenters, acting teachers, coaches to twelve year-olds and major league infielders. There are even an exotic dance teacher and an instructor in alligator wrestling. Among those interviewed are the neurosurgeon who operated on Senator Kennedy, former Secretary of State George Shultz, major league manger Ron Washington, and Emil Jones, political mentor to Barack Obama.

At a time of building consensus that the most important ingredient in educational success is teacher quality, this book contributes to the discourse with vividly painted verbal pictures of fifty-one great American teachers. It offers insight into what great teachers have in common as well as how greatly they differ from another.

About the author: Bill Smoot grew up in Maysville, Kentucky. He graduated from Purdue University where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Purdue Exponent. He received his PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University. He has taught a variety of subjects in the humanities for forty years at levels ranging from sixth grade to graduate school. He has published scholarly articles, essays, and short fiction in such periodicals as Western Humanities Review, The Nation, Crab Orchard Review, and The Literary Review. He currently teaches humanities classes at the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, California.

On the web:  Bill Smoot discusses his book “Conversations with Great Teachers” at Kepler’s Books, June 15, 2010 on YouTube.

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