Tag Archives: South Africa

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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Thumbs Up


According to a new poll, President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to just over 40% with only around 2000 of adults surveyed giving him the ‘thumbs up’. You and I see nothing wrong with giving the president the thumbs up. … 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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Reboot Diary: 15 Things I Took Away From #30GoalsEdu 2013


Wednesday 10 July 2013: Jazz and Strange Dinner Guests One of the many strange things about being a teacher is that your job and your life eventually become intertwined. You simply cannot leave work at work because there is always … 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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Critical Thinking: Dangerous Nonsense (Why We Need Atheist Schools)


Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, they say. My students insist on it. Not so, I say. If an opinion is racist or bigoted or dangerous or even just plain stupid, you are not entitled to it. For your opinion … Continue reading

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