Advice from the WCED....

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Faerie (October 13, 2011, 07:15:44 AM):
It is also far to strict in terms of discipline and uniform in that anyone with a bit of personality is discriminated against, it is impossible to develop critical thinkers in that environment, critical thinkers challenge authority and conformity which I have tried to point out.

Whilst I'm all for discipline, it is sometimes pushed to the extreme. My eldest is having his very last official school day today, got a letter yesterday from school that they will be having an inspection and if they pass said inspection, they will received their exam numbers and timetables after which they can go home (i.o.w they will be at school for all of an hour), if they dont pass, they need to rectify their appearance before being able to receive it. THIS after the matric farewell where all the kids had their hair highlighted, nails done and whatever else. What difference does their appearance AT THIS POINT OF TIME make?

I told the lad not to worry, I will personally go collect the documentation should it be withheld. (He's got highlights in his hair)
beLIEf (October 31, 2011, 21:35:48 PM):
haha sounds about right! I just don't think that discipline always has to have uniformity - Kids need to find discipline intrinsically rather than by force but that depends a lot on background, upbringing, age etc so I do see why some schools here are uniform and rules nazis. I'm just still adjusting! Hope his valedictory went well!
brianvds (December 01, 2011, 09:23:29 AM):
These are the people responsible for the education of the future South African leaders.

That, of course, is the whole problem in a nutshell: parents believe it is the responsibility of the state to educate their kids. As long as that belief persists, we'll raise one generation of ignoramuses after the other.

In my limited experience, I have seen this time and again: parent dump their kids at school and then sit back and wait for their kids to be magically educated by bureaucrats, and simply won't take any responsibility for it themselves. But schools are best an aid, and how well a kid can make use of this aid depends entirely on the education he received from his parents.

Of course, the sad reality is that In South Africa, huge numbers of kids for all practical purposes do not have parents. I have dealt with lots of them. They are screwed, irrespective of what the government does or fails to do.
Bandit (September 11, 2012, 07:36:29 AM):
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parent dump their kids at school and then sit back and wait for their kids to be magically educated by bureaucrats, and simply won't take any responsibility for it themselves.

I have to agree with this. Yes you should allow your children to "get education" because that is what will give them "the money to live a good life". But you should be teaching your kids critical thinking around the dinner table. Teach them to question everything, but in a circumspect manner. In a circumspect manner because we know what happens to tall poppies ;)
brianvds (September 11, 2012, 13:53:58 PM):
I have kind of forgotten about this thread. I am a teacher at an independent school. I am profoundly relieved that I won't have to do CAPS training. :-)

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