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Another brick in the wall

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

Isn’t it interesting how the parenting pendulum has swung so completely from the typical Victorian indifference to children’s state of wellbeing (as long as they did as they were told) to the modern-day parents’ allconsuming angst about their kids’ happiness? The treatment of children has moved from misguided parental demands for total obedience to equally […]

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Open your eyes to an exciting debut novel for teen readers

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Open your eyes to an exciting debut novel for teen readers

Title: It Looks Like This Author: Rafi Mittlefehldt Publisher: Van Schaik Publishers ISBN: 9781536200430 In spare, understated prose heightened by a keen lyricism, a debut author will take your breath away. Anew state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even […]

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A very necessary resource for school management teams

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
A very necessary resource for school management teams

Title: Oxford South African Dictionary of School Terminology Authors: Clive Roos and Michael Wilter Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780190441067 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Many schools join ISASA because they find themselves bewildered by the ever-changing and often overwhelming raft of legislation surrounding schools and schooling in South Africa. Even though a school has […]

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Get your hands on this global poetry collection from Oxford University Press

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Get your hands on this global poetry collection from Oxford University Press

Title: Poems from All Over Compiled by: Rustum Kozain Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 9780199079636 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It was a delight to discover recently the work of Swiss poet and social anthropologist Andrea Grieder. Grieder has organised many cultural and artistic workshops about Rwanda in her native Switzerland aimed at exploring the […]

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How would digital facial recognition affect inclusion at your school?

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
How would digital facial recognition affect inclusion at your school?

Over the past two years, American company RealNetworks Inc., a provider of internet streaming media delivery software and services based in Seattle, Washington, in the US, has developed a facial recognition tool to be used in schools. The tool is intended to assist school authorities authorise who gets inside schools. The company’s website https://safr.com/ is […]

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What a decade of education research tells us about technology in the hands of underserved students

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
What a decade of education research tells us about technology in the hands of underserved students

BY MOLLY B. ZIELEZINSKI Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around America’s declining school dropout rates,1 during a given year, nearly 20% of students expected to graduate2 do not. Furthermore, according to Johns Hopkins and Civic Enterprises,3 “unacceptably low levels4 of minority, lowincome, English Language Learners, and special education students are graduating from high school”. This […]

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Green Globe

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Green Globe

Teens march to transform the planet In late July this year, crowds of teenagers marched in protest through Manhattan in New York City, in the US. Across the country, large groups of their peers marched in solidarity. They carried placards on which were written slogans such as: “Youth for the Sanity of Science,” “Stand up […]

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Educating young educators – the untapped South African resource

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Educating young educators – the untapped South African resource

BY PIETER VAN ZYL With diversity and recruitment being a priority for all independent schools in South Africa, we often look for experienced teachers to fill our ranks. Hiring newly qualified teachers is always a risk and they often require a great deal of coaching before a school can feel confident in its decision to […]

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Teaching for transformation and social justice

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Teaching for transformation and social justice

BY BEVERLEY SURMON Diversity and inclusion consultant, Verna Myers, in her address to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, said: “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance”.1 Hopefully, nearly 23 years after our transition to democracy, it is a given that all are “invited to the party” – well, all […]

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Including everyone: anxiety in your students

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Including everyone: anxiety in your students

BY PHILIPPA FABBRI The American National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) states that “occasional anxiety is a normal part of life”.1 But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear, says the NIH: “For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings […]

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A school forged from stone

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
A school forged from stone

BY SANDY WEBSTER It takes an intrepid traveler with a pioneering spirit and a passionate heart to choose the road less travelled. A road that leads to one of the more remote corners of South Africa and then… to start a school! As they say, love conquers all and this was certainly true of Debbie […]

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