Engaging a visionary: Horizons of the (im)possible

Hilary Janks, Leketi Makalela
2013 Education as Change  
Neville Alexander has had a profound impact on the way we think about language education and language policy in South Africa. His views on the harmonisation of African languages, mother-tongue education, the position of English and the importance of literacy have shaped academic and policy debates since the early 1990s. Visionaries are able to combine insight with foresight and so imagine a different way forward. In this way they change what Roger Simon describes as the 'horizon of
more » ... zon of possibility'. This article examines Alexander's positions critically in relation to questions of power, identity, access and social transformation, in order to understand both their take-up and their rejection. Both history and geography -time and space -are central to this discussion of his achievements.
doi:10.1080/16823206.2013.803661 fatcat:cnjvvrblqzeufjlqqpxzl6qr7e