Category Archives: South Africa

South Africa

Top Schools: The Most Innovative High Schools in South Africa (2017)


This is a list of the most innovative, child-centered, forward-looking high schools in the country. Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Google: What About Africa?


Dear Google You have broken so many rules. You do things so differently. You are the first and last word in innovation. You are slowly making the world a better place. Well, most of the world anyway. You see, it … Continue reading

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Why Declining National Assessment Standards Hurts Kids


You would think that lowering the standards of final national exams in South Africa would be good news for kids. Easier exams mean more of them pass more easily. And top students can clean up. You would be wrong. Easier … Continue reading

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Defending Mediocrity: Examiners and their Apologists in South Africa


Excuse me while I rant a bit… In South Africa, there are two alternative examination authorities: those set under the auspices of the Government (the National Senior Certificate – NSC) and those set by an Independent Examinations Board (the IEB). … Continue reading

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What Teachers Want Students to Learn


A year or two ago, I asked my colleagues this question: ‘What three things do you most want students to learn in your class?’ Below are the summarized results. They make for some very interesting reading, and for me reveal … Continue reading

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Why Teacher Strikes Are Good for Students


In any democratic country, the rights of workers to engage in industrial action to ensure a fair wage and decent working conditions are protected by law. Whether it is ‘work to rule’ or outright strike action, many of the world’s … Continue reading

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50 Reasons Why I Love Where I Work


Very few people can say they love what they do. Even fewer of those can say they also love where they work. I am one of those very lucky people. Before I got to where I am, I was a … Continue reading

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OKEs, DOPs and POPs (A Very South African Post)


Traveling down to the seaside in December as kids, we would have endless fun spotting those old black on yellow license plates from around the country. There was a certain snappy pertinence to the OILs from Sasolburg, the OREs from … Continue reading

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Students to Teachers (Part 2): Education is Supposed to Produce Independent Thinkers, Not Answering Machines.


This is the second in the series of letters to teachers from students. This time, a young man in Grade 12 talks about how we are missing the point of education by obsessing about marks and assessments. He insists that his … Continue reading

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