Archive for September, 2019

Another brick in the wall

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

‘Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’ – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The thing about education is that while it (ever so nobly, mind you) tries to be the mainspring of the social forces engaged in levelling […]

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A thorough diagnosis of South Africa’s education system

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A thorough diagnosis of South Africa’s education system

Title: The Education Triple Cocktail: System-wide Instructional Reform in South AfricaAuthor: Brahm FleischPublishers: University of Cape Town Press and Juta and Company (Pty) LtdISBN: 978-1775822462Reviewed by Felicia Tobias Professor Brahm Fleisch’s The Education Triple Cocktail: System-wide Instructional Reform in South Africa provides a thorough diagnosis of the very poor state of primary school literacy teaching […]

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Libraries of the future: the South African School Librarians’ Conference

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Libraries of the future: the South African School Librarians’ Conference

BY VUYOKAZI JAMIESON The South African School Librarians’ Conference was hosted by St Andrew’s College in Grahamstown from 28 June to 2 July 2019. The central focus of the conference was ‘The library of the future’. On 29 June. Alan Thompson, the headmaster of St Andrew’s College, and Vuyokazi Jamieson, conference convenor and librarian at […]

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Woema wins again with Grade 4 Afrikaans (first additional language) workbook

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Woema wins again with Grade 4 Afrikaans (first additional language) workbook

Title: Woema: Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Graad 4 Teksboek en WerkboekAuthors: Cecile Smith and Kara SmithPublisher: WoemaboeksISBN: 978-0-9947168-6-6Reviewed by Fiona de Villiers Woema textbooks are characteristically colourful and packed full of interesting features. The Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal (Afrikaans first additional language) textbook and workbook for Grade 4 is no exception, and will make learning […]

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Education Incorporated Private Boutique School goes global with TED

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Education Incorporated Private Boutique School goes global with TED

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON In May 2019, Education Incorporated Private Boutique School (EduInc), located in Fourways, Johannesburg, published its ‘Welcome back to school’ newsletter, gearing everyone up for the second term and reminding families of highlights from term one. Writing these newsletters is always a fantastic mental exercise in reflection, because the daily running of a […]

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The information explosion and the erosion of learning (Part one)

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The information explosion and the erosion of learning (Part one)

BY DR LIEB LIEBENBERG We live in a time of unprecedented change, and depending on who we listen to, human knowledge is going to double every 12 hours in the foreseeable future. We are experiencing change at a rate that we are incapable of comprehending. The importance of what one knows is becoming less and […]

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Brescia House School in Johannesburg hosts fourth CuriosITy Initiative

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Brescia House School in Johannesburg hosts fourth CuriosITy Initiative

BY HELGA BISHOP The CuriosITy Initiative started in November 2015, when four Grade 10 Brescia House School girls were challenged, as part of the worldwide Microsoft Student Partners programme,1 to run a project that would make a difference in the community. The students identified that traditionally, girls do not choose information technology (IT) as a […]

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E-bytes

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E-bytes

Outer space? No thanks! On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, LEGO asked Harris Insights & Analytics, a market research firm responsible for the Harris Poll and located in Rochester, New York, to conduct an interesting survey. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong and his compatriots changed the course of history […]

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Green globe

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Green globe

Return to sender Here’s an interesting tale about trash for your students: to demonstrate how it feels to be a dumping ground for developed nations, Indonesia recently decided to send more than 210 tons of garbage back to its point of origin, Australia. (In 2018, China set the ball rolling when it banned imports of […]

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Growing great citizens through service to the environment

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Growing great citizens through service to the environment

What kind of citizens are we? What kind of citizens do we want our schools to produce? These are the questions that every school in South Africa should be asking today as we strive to develop engaged global citizens who help shape healthy, sustainable communities. Developing the skills and attitudes of active citizenship at school […]

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Lingering in the learning: integrating transferable skills into teaching practice and school culture

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Lingering in the learning: integrating transferable skills into teaching practice and school culture

BY LORRAINE SRAGE AND ANDRÉ CROUCAMP Just by being a teacher, you are making the claim that you know something about the world that a young person also needs to know to survive and thrive in the future. You’re saying you know something that can help them explore, discover, develop and actualise their potential. How […]

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