RSSAutumn 2012

Unintended consequences

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Unintended consequences

Shereen Cachalia is the kind of teacher we all wish we’d had.

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Mother-tongue instruction at the crossroads

| March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Mother-tongue instruction at the crossroads

It has emerged that under the revised school curriculum in South Africa, many former model C schools1 are scrapping African languages to accommodate English as the first language and Afrikaans as the required additional language subject of study.

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Getting to grips with our languages

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Getting to grips with our languages

I always loved my Xhosa nickname Nomadzedze (Little Flea) until some young man helping me change a tyre high in the Amatola hills told me that to him it was not a good name, not good at all.

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Montessori magic down on the farm

| March 8, 2012 | 1 Comment
Montessori magic down on the farm

Kat River Valley Montessori School is a unique little school situated on the outskirts of Fort Beaufort in the Eastern Cape.

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Life in Lenyenye

| March 8, 2012 | 3 Comments
Life in Lenyenye

In the north-eastern corner of South Africa lies Limpopo, popularly known as the Garden of Eden because of its natural beauty, its rich folklore and bountiful fruit production.

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Surf ’s up at school

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Surf ’s up at school

To close, something light-hearted from Honolulu, Hawaii. The birthplace of wave riding has officially recognised surfing as a high school sport.

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Bo gives virgins a helping hand

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Bo gives virgins a helping hand

In the southern city of Bo, Sierra Leone, education officials have been accused of going ‘faddish’ and worse, violating human rights in an effort to help girls complete their tertiary education.

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Fewer students enrol at private schools in USA

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Fewer students enrol at private schools in USA

A 2011 edition of a report issued annually by Congress is receiving renewed attention as American lawmakers seize all opportunities to find solutions to problems in education.

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Expulsion for ‘failing’ teachers coming to a school near you?

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Expulsion for ‘failing’ teachers coming to a school near you?

If UK Education Secretary Education Secretary Michael Gove gets his way, from September 2012 UK school Heads will be able to fire poor teachers in the space of a single term instead of a year.

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Still fussing over the Finns

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Still fussing over the Finns

It’s been 10 years since the rest of the world starting making a fuss about the Finnish school system – since, in fact, the release of the first Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2001.

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Keeping teachers in their place in Alabama

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Keeping teachers in their place in Alabama

Teacher professionalism is under attack in Alabama.

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