In 2003, she founded the Maxine Greene Foundation for Social Imagination, the Arts, and Education. She was a prolific, inspiring person. A humanities curriculum should be emphasized. I've used The Public School and the Private Vision 1965 , Teacher as Stranger 1973 , Landscapes of Learning 1978 , Dialectic of Freedom 1988 , Releasing the Imagination 2000 , Variations on a Blue Guitar 2001 , and many other chapters, articles, and essays. As a linguistics and second language education major, I didn't always follow her references to literature and philosopy. Wide-awakeness is not morally or politically neutral. Greene allowed me to sit in her class aesthetics class that was fully enrolled with students.
I loved every minute of that course, the name of which I would have to look up on my transcript. She has influenced my thinking and life and will always be remembered. She asks how we can teach students here while prisoners are being tortured there. Her education theories draw on the writings of phenomenologists and existentialists such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Soren Kierkegaard and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, but among her contemporaries she is often spoken of and written about in the context of social activists and teacher-scholars such as Paulo Freire, Hannah Arendt, and Fritjof Capra. One day we were pleasantly surprised that we would gather together.
She has left a lasting imprint on my sense of being as an educator. You will be greatly missed. It wasn't just the experience of re-reading the classics required in high school with an adult perspective. Maxine was, without a doubt, the most influential educator of my life. She wanted us to think about teaching and learning through engaged thinking and meaningful deliberation about ideas, rather than through formulaic approaches, and to think about the connections of literacy to power--all of which have deeply influenced my own pedagogy to this day. Theory of Opportunity: Who is to be educated? Maxine had an intense interest in new ideas, especially in critical theory, and she was on my doctoral committee and responded to my chapters with such flair and genuine interest; the discussions themselves were an impetus for massive re-writing.
Only then can they develop the sense of agency required for living a moral life. That same year, Greene also recorded , Mini Moments with Big Thinkers. Why did my daughter die at such a young age? You will be missed, but the inspiration you imparted to the world will continue. Visiting Maxine in later years I always appreciated her interest in my career, my thinking about teaching second language students, and my interest in diversity, culture, and language. It is a process of meaning making. She was an ardent feminist, a crusader against anti-Semitism and a critic of capitalism who disdained her own privileged background.
Maxine was a life force in everything she did. My sincere condelence to her family. To fail, after reflection, to act is a mistake. She was a lovely and nourishing human being. In fact, I was surprised when she shared her sadness at the death of her daughter during a chat in her office. I will always be grateful to her.
I can't accept that the conversation is finished, and nor would she. I am grateful to have had it. On May 4, Kent State happened and campuses, including ours, were in great turmoil. Maxine was clearly in our corner and told us that she would not expect that paper to be turned in, that she would grade us based on the work already done for the semester. When Lesko found out about the honor, she was stunned.
I will always be able to hear your voice and see your smile. She was an island of wisdom in troubled times. Eventually, I tell everyone about Maxine Greene and how at Teachers College she miraculously lit up the room. I've used The Public School and the Private Vision 1965 , Teacher as Stranger 1973 , Landscapes of Learning 1978 , Dialectic of Freedom 1988 , Releasing the Imagination 2000 , Variations on a Blue Guitar 2001 , and many other chapters, articles, and essays. Less that two weeks ago I was speaking to a group of aspiring teachers at the liberal arts college my daughter attends. I remember her sage conversations fondly. Involved in many spheres of the world of education, Greene founded and directed the at Teachers College.
As John Dewey said in Democracy and Education, imagination is not just building castles in the air, it's a way to think of alternatives and break through the walls to see them. Only as they learn to make sense of what is happening, can they feel themselves to be autonomous. Knowledge is anything that helps us to know ourselves and the world in which we live. Greene also has written seven books, including Teacher as Stranger, Releasing the Imagination and most recently, Variations on a Blue Guitar. Freedom does not mean absence of responsibility. In 1986, I stayed an extra semester to take her Aesthetics of Literature class, which did not come around too often. I was so lucky to have met her.
Since there are no final agreements, teachers and students should simply learn to love the questions. We were lucky to have her here. Releasing the Imagination: Essay; on Education, the Arts, and Social Change San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Maxine, if I could talk to you right now, I would tell you that your wide-awakeness and vitality will live on always and I would thank you for all you have given and for all you have given me. Any encounter with her was an opportunity to learn about topics from philosophy to politics to the latest interesting or provocative movie. Thank you, Maxine, for your long life, astute thinking, and long life. Democratic community is deeply rooted in an existentialist notion of wide-awakeness Principles of equality justice and freedom have to be chosen by living individuals in the light of individuals' shared life with others Greene, p 66 What institutions are involved in the educational process? I will greatly miss her.