The teacher must get to know his students and try to learn how to teach this group,” she said. “In my classroom, I try not only to solve problems for my students but also produce problem-solvers.”
Addressing the students in the audience, she said they must learn that democracy is not about us and ourselves, but those unlike us. “Do not let education join the Anthropocene – human activities hastening the extinction of the earth,” she said.
To a question from the audience, Spivak said teachers must not try to change the minds of their students. “You rearrange desires,” she said. “That is why it is so important to know who you’re teaching.”
Spivak felt that only a fool can think they can change anyone’s values. “We need to realise that there isn’t that kind of a distinction – enforcing a different set of values is reminiscent of apartheid,” she pointed out.