Testimonial

Testimonial

His pedagogical style is marked by a variety of underlying methods and imperatives
which operate to inspire, challenge and enthuse his students, many of
whom (such as myself) become educators in their own right. It is his techniques-
ones that culminate in the classroom becoming what Gramsci called a
“prefigurative institution,” a place for the manifestation of future possibilities which –
have most influenced me. His approach is fundamentally inductive, subtly
and persistently open-ended, creating a climate where the students’ learning can
be constructed as their own. The consistent encouragement for people to take
risks in their learning, to see their learning as a precipitate of possibilities that
can coalesce into a lasting sense of one’s own possibility as an agent in the
world-as opposed to simply a consumer acquiring a product, or a devotee
receiving sacred unction-can result in a pedagogy of liberation, of constant
engagement and becoming.

-BASIL SMITH