Throughout his life, Ayers has remained steadfast to the ideals of justice and democracy. When elected officials refused to respond to the voice of the majority through peaceful protests during the Vietnam War, Ayers and his colleagues made desperate attempts to get the government’s attention, all the while being extremely careful that no innocent people were harmed (in contrast to the thousands of lives being lost in that unnecessary war). Though we may not all agree with their method, many of us can learn from the steadfastness and bravery of Ayers and his colleagues in standing up for justice.
Though he has changed his methods, Ayers’ belief in social change is preserved in his commitment to school reform; it is only a modified form of caring deeply about the quality of life for Americans of all ages, races, and classes. Indeed, his goal remains the same today as it was in the late 1960s: the development of a responsive and humane democratic government. Today, Ayers is using the power of education in order to shape a legion of committed professionals who will help create a more democratic future through the youth their teaching touches everyday.