Thursday, November 09, 2006

So what is your view of student-centered learning, Prof. Foucault?

For example, with regard to the pedagogical relation--I mean the relation of teaching, the passage from the one who knows the most to the one who knows the least--it is not certain that self-management is what produces the best results; nothing proves, on the contrary, that that approach isn't a hindrance . . . .

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I would say, rather, that [the goal of consensus] is perhaps a critical idea to maintain at all times: to ask oneself what proportion of nonconsensuality is implied in such a power relation, and whether that degree of nonconsensuality is necessary or not, and then one may question every power relation to that extent. The farthest I would go is to say that perhaps one must not be for consensuality, but one must be against nonconsensuality.--from "Politics and Ethics: An Interview," in Foucault Reader, 378-9.