Advice from the WCED....

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beLIEf (October 06, 2011, 12:01:55 PM):
This maybe could be added to the thread "our education system is officially in the bollocks..." Anyway I recently went on a training course for the "new" CAPS curriculum for Grade 10.

It started with this video.RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms Which is actually very refreshing and encouraging. So I waited to be impressed by new ideas etc .... I was very quickly disappointed....

Going through the still incredibly prescriptive document someone raised the question of " didn't we just watch a video about thinking outside the box??" The reply came .... "well yes you need to think outside the box but from inside this box we are telling you to be in" Amazing. These are the people responsible for the education of the future South African leaders.

Next ensued about 10 mins of discussing boxes within boxes until the conversation went to Afrikaans and we all agreed the guy was a doos and that was the only conclusion reached.
cyghost (October 06, 2011, 13:27:44 PM):
he he he
Faerie (October 06, 2011, 13:39:10 PM):
Its frustrating in the end. Even more so if you happen to have kids still at school and you cannot help but do a comparison to your own education way back in the dirty 70's and 80's. Christelike Nationale Onderwys - quite. Actually, musing on this a bit, we were also discouraged to think out of the box provided back then too. Nothings changed in other words.... (wtf!!)
beLIEf (October 12, 2011, 17:19:57 PM):
Exactly and "critical thinking" is bandied around as a term without anyone actually doing any - least of all the management team. Critical thinking is actually in my school's ethos and I see none of it, whereas there is no mention of Christianity in the ethos and it permeates many school activities.

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.

From what I have seen school does not prepare kids for university or any higher learning at all..
BoogieMonster (October 12, 2011, 22:28:51 PM):
Sounds to me like they're preparing critical thinking kids for the real world.

Like it or not, but most people don't look kindly on us. Perhaps this is a symptom of what you describe but

... critical thinkers challenge authority and conformity ...

I don't think people like that are going to be put down by a little bit of intellectual oppression. If anything it is a vivid illustration of the society they'll have to live in. Me, I learnt to sit down, shut up, and bide my time. They could only hold me for so long...


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