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| November 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
From the editor

At the start of the 2015 Conference of the Southern African Bursars of Independent Schools Association (SABISA)

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Another brick in the wall

| September 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

“It’s just a stage he/she is going through!” is a sort of universal parental wail used as a cover-up for any especially strange teenage behaviour.

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From the Editor

| August 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
From the Editor

Cathy N. Davidson, a distinguished American scholar of the history of technology and recently appointed to the American National Humanities Council by President Barack Obama, delivers a popular massive open online course (MOOC) for the online education group Coursera.

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From the editor

From the editor

ISASA’s executive director, Lebogang Montjane, has written about his recent trip to Turkey on page 12 of this edition of Independent Education. There he met with the Turkish Private Schools Association (TPSA) and visited the Ayazağa campus of one of its member schools, the Işik Schools group. Reports Montjane, “The Işik Schools… are distinctive in […]

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Another brick in the wall

Another brick in the wall

By Bruce Pinnock A recent survey revealed that 40% of new teachers resign after their first year.1 Unteachable pupils was one of the major reasons given for the exodus. (When I related this to a colleague who had taught in the United Kingdom, he was amazed for a different reason. “Only 40%?” he quipped. “And […]

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Another brick in the wall

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

A common error new teachers make is that they anthropomorphise teenagers. They make the faulty assumption that teenagers are human. Forgive them. In their ignorant ‘love-the-world’ state, it is excusable. One should remember that animal lovers are prone to the same mistake about the rat-sized animals on their laps loosely classified as ‘dogs’.

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From the editor

| March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
From the editor

It is fitting to start a new school year with questions in the light of Anthony Lake’s (page 20) recent sober public statement. Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), reminded the world that in 2014, more than 15 million children across the globe were murdered, tortured, kidnapped, raped, starved, recruited as […]

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Another brick in the wall

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

I am often asked whether I believe teaching has changed today from yesteryear. “Yesteryear”? It’s a unit of time about three times longer than ‘back in the day’ and half the time of ‘when I was young’. Never use the phrase: it establishes you as a contemporary of Paul Kruger.) The answer is, of course, […]

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From the editor

| November 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
From the editor

On page 34 of this summer edition of Independent Education, Lehlohonolo Mofokeng, busy with his honours degree in policy and governance in education at the University of the Free State, suggests that maths teachers “use the rondavel, a common sight in Africa, as a way to illustrate the circumference of a circle”.

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Another brick in the wall

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
Another brick in the wall

The Law of Diminishing Didactic Encounters states that the longer promoted teachers have been out of the classroom, the more convinced they are that they know exactly what teachers should be doing, but aren’t.

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From the editor

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
From the editor

But there has never been a more interesting time to be involved in education!” was my astonished answer to a recent question: “Isn’t writing about education boring?”

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