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Autumn 2017 edition now online

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Autumn 2017 edition now online

All articles from the Autumn, 2016 edition reproduced online.

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Maybe it IS just about hair

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Maybe it IS just about hair

BY ANDREW RENARD The statement usually goes like this: “The spokesman urged the school to scrap rules that prohibit pupils from wearing their hair in the way that feels natural to them. They should be able to wear their hair in a way that reflects their cultural heritage.” The date 24 February was a bad […]

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What are we here and why are we doing? Musical choices in a time of transformation

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What are we here and why are we doing? Musical choices in a time of transformation

BY MANDY CARVER As a school music teacher, I was once told by a 13-year-old boy that he could confide in me about things that teachers were not supposed to know about, “because, Ma’am, you don’t count.” Ifound this “out-of- the-mouth-of-babes” comment compelling. Whatever the boy’s intended meaning, the statement was a reflection of the […]

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Another brick in the wall

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Another brick in the wall

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein1 So how should a fish be judged? “By the brightness of its eye, which indicates whether it is fresh enough to pop into a […]

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Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

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Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

Title: Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith ISBN: 9780992241322 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Pikkie Publications is one of South Africa’s textbook publishers that understands how to make mastering a second language easy. At the same time, Pikkie makes the job of teaching Afrikaans less daunting for […]

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The Night of the Go-Away Birds

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The Night of the Go-Away Birds

Title: The Night of the Go-Away Birds Author: Bridget Pitt Published by: Pearson Marang ISBN: 9780636200517 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers The Night of the Go-Away Birds was a Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award winner in 2015. Its accomplished author, Bridget Pitt (her writing experience includes newspapers, educational material, school textbooks, poetry and fiction) was […]

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The Lotterys Plus One

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The Lotterys Plus One

Title: The Lotterys Plus One Author: Emma Donoghue Publisher: HarperCollins (Available at all Van Schaik bookstores across South Africa) ISBN: 978-0-545-92581-5 Reviewed by: Fran Thorndike The Lotterys, a family very much of our century, star in this story about the true meaning of acceptance and belonging. A riotously, exuberantly loving clan of four parents and […]

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Why it’s time to take children’s books seriously

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Why it’s time to take children’s books seriously

BY CATHERINE BUTLER Both as an author and an academic I take children’s literature seriously – it’s my professional raison d’être. This doesn’t mean that I think it should be discussed in hushed tones, however, only that it shouldn’t be dismissed as trivial. Children’s authors are excellent writers – moreover, our earliest encounters with the […]

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Top tech trends of 2016

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Top tech trends of 2016

Makerspaces topped the list of global tech trends in 2016, according to many technology specialists. The term refers to workshop- or laboratory-style spaces where 3-D printers, woodworking materials, robotics and other tools are used. Virtual and augmented reality were also buzzwords last year. Headsets, narrative clips attached to clothing and brain-sensing headbands provide students with […]

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Shutting down the internet: a gross global violation of human rights

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Shutting down the internet: a gross global violation of human rights

In 2016, the internet was “shut down” more than 50 times by various governments, threatening the right to free speech, silencing election news and damaging economies, says Deji Olukotun, senior global advocacy manager at digital rights organisation Access Now, based in New York City. “In Ethiopia, there’s been consistent blocking of social media and internet. […]

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School principals: are you prepared for ransomware?

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School principals: are you prepared for ransomware?

Action Fraud, the UK’s cybercrime and fraud reporting centre, has warned schools all over the UK about the proliferation of “cold calls” from suspicious individuals claiming to work for “the Department of Education”. Such callers request the personal contact details of the school principal, claiming that they have sensitive information that cannot be sent to […]

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