Nor is it easy to believe his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also was a member of the Weather Underground back in the '60s. They married while underground and resurfaced during the 1980s. Now he is an adviser to Mayor Richard M. Daley's nationally acclaimed education reform effort and she heads a family and children's justice program at Northwestern University Law School
(Bill) Ayers, who teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has written a new book "A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court," based on his observations as a teacher in Chicago's Juvenile Court system, the nation's largest institution of juvenile justice. The book offers a view of delinquent youths you won't see much of on the evening news. It is not scary enough. It is only tragic.
Yet, the news defines public attitudes and the public is frightened. A particularly grotesque crime by a kid "completely fills our collective consciousness, becomes emblematic of all juvenile crime and leaves virtually no space to understand and combat the reality of juvenile delinquency," Ayers writes. "It distorts the public discussion, confuses and enervates people, leaves us shaken but resigned."