When I teach, my focus is always on how best to deepen my students understanding of the subject. I want my students to understand the intricacies of politics and public policy, but beyond that to also to develop a questioning and critical mind to what they are learning. I want my students to gain the confidence to question and to speak out even when confronted with difficult and sensitive issues. Hence, for me, the classroom is, most importantly, an arena for safe, critical exploration and discussion, where students can grow in their knowledge and reflect on what they are learning, from me and from each other.
My classrooms are specifically designed to be allow students to grapple with controversial and ideologically divisive issues. It is interactive, intense and, at times, emotional but at which the student emerges at the end, instilled with a passion to question and to stand confidently in this globalized world.