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When teaching critical thinking backfires

When teaching critical thinking  backfires

BY JOHN HORGAN Don’t always believe what scientists and other authorities tell you! Be sceptical! Think critically! That’s what I tell my students, ad nauseam. And some learn the lesson too well. Iwant to give my students the benefit of my hard-won knowledge of science’s fallibility. Early in my career, I was a conventional science […]

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Penryn College celebrates 15 years of falconry

Penryn College celebrates 15 years of falconry

BY STEVEN VAN RENSBURG Penryn College is situated on the Boschrand Hills overlooking Mbombela (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province) and the Crocodile River Valley. In this peaceful and beautiful environment, our scholars embrace an ethos of holism, which requires them to be excellent at something and good at many things. Penryn College is one of three schools […]

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Climate change and those with special needs

Climate change and those with special needs

Every day, clearer pictures of an Earth devastated by climate change emerge: extreme bouts of heat, rising sea levels and an increase in natural disasters are just some of the challenges we will face. The World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Berkeley, California, is now prioritising research into how environmental change does and will […]

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Young vegans want more than meatfree Mondays

Young vegans want more than meatfree Mondays

In many homes and schools, meat-free Mondays are increasingly common. Is it possible, asks researcher Matthew Adams, principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Brighton in the UK, that we could one day live in a meat-free world? Adams cites Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Harper, 2015), written by Yuval Noah Harari, who […]

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Time to start teaching climate change

Time to start teaching climate change

BY KOTTIE CHRISTIE-BLICK Returning home on a frosty evening, I mentally reviewed my science lessons for the week ahead. Teaching climate change has become a priority, now that people around the globe have begun experiencing record-breaking weather events that impinge on their quality of life.1 In the classroom, my students trust that I’ll help them […]

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Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google declares: “Ready, set, go!”

Google has declared that it wants to help educate the millions of students around the world who don’t have any literacy or numeracy skills. Some 221 million children across the globe are taught in a foreign language, and 74% do not have access to the internet. The figures were provided recently by the United Nations […]

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Estonia puts a woman in charge of cybersecurity

Estonia puts a woman in charge of cybersecurity

If girls are encouraged to develop their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills, they could discover a diverse range of fascinating career pathways. Cybersecurity, for example, is now a factor in the global war against terror and in the sphere of big business. There is a continual need for highly trained experts, but up […]

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“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

YouTube has created a new global heroine and anti-bullying spokesperson in 13-year-old American student, JoJo Siwa. Her signature accessory is a giant colourful hair bow, and her hit video is called “Boomerang”. It’s all about not letting the “mean girls” get you down, and it’s received more than 200 million views. She’s recently signed a […]

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why Author: Jay Asher Distributed in South Africa by Van Schaik Bookstores ISBN: 978014138772 You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret… is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on […]

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Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Title: Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News Author: Verusia Bernard Published by: Ukuphumelela Consultancy, distributed by: Pelmo Books ISBN: 978-0-620-69409-4 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s been a while since I’ve spotted worthwhile resources for primary school children about HIV/Aids and other related issues. Verusia Bernard, who recently completed […]

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How to make a new nation

How to make a new nation

Title: Alexander Hamilton Author: Ron Chernow Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 978-0143034759 Reviewed by: David Lea While many Broadway musicals have become huge, enduring hits, it is unprecedented for a popular stage show to be performed exclusively in rap and to be inspired by, and based on, an academic biography of a not very well-known […]

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