The Complex Journey of William Doll, Teacher Educator
Afterword: Of Experiencing Pedagogy by Rainbow Light
Of Experiencing Pedagogy by Rainbow Light
In the Kabbalah, it is said that human beings are Divine Sparks, the glowing emanations of God’s creative light, each one unique and irreplaceable. However, some sparks burn brighter than others. Bill Doll is one of those rare individuals whose Being burns so bright that his mere presence transforms the lives of all those he touches. He has transformed my life.
I first met Bill in the fall of 1990. God had “died” (Nietzsche 1883/1982), my religious life work had become questionable—me, in slight existential crisis. I enrolled in a class with Dr. Doll to get recertified as a teacher. Whoosh!1 And the rest is history—a PhD, and paradigmatic shift—an utterly transformed cosmology and consciousness later for me! This towering yet remarkably inviting man stood before me, a veritable postmodern pastiche; a combination of Bostonian gentleman, Northeastern Intellectual, Mystic Philosopher-Sage, Bohemian Artist-Poet, Dr. Seuss, and Santa Claus: exuberant, big hearted (albeit thin), playful, poetic—dare I say, eccentric; yet elegant, distinguished, and wise. Gorgeous snowy white hair, the classic bow tie, and a laugh that could change the world; he taught me via Piaget (1977) to appreciate my “disequilibrium” (Doll, 1989/2012c),2 to embrace chaos (1986/2012h) as a cosmological good, to honor my inner complexity (1998/2012i), and “just Dewey it” (1990/2012g) with respect to the writing. As a teacher, he accomplished what he aspired to create: the...
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