Childhood is a stage of human development full of promise and endless possibilities. The influences that shape the mind and body of the young person have lasting effects. These include the obvious such as factual knowledge and conceptual thinking as taught in schools, as well as the general development of value systems and a sense of morality as shaped by family and society. What, then, is the role of physical activity?
Fellow students are never slow to apologise if they bump into Erin Marshall in the corridors. That is the name she is known by to others on her courses in leisure and recreation, sport and drama. But they also know her other name. On the professional wrestling circuit, Marshall fights as Erin Angel.
"Let the foreigners go back to their own countries and sort out their own problems." So said a principal last year while rejecting an invitation for his school to participate in an event that explored xenophobia.
The Dominican Convent in Belgravia, Johannesburg, embraces many of the values and traditions of the Catholic Church. But it also recognises that learners must face the facts of life head-on - including sex and the real threat of HIV.
In the previous edition of the Teacher, I introduced a different way of thinking about "the basics" in education. They are the basics not of learning skills, but of the conditions that make learning happen, and they apply directly -- and even urgently -- to the daily work of teachers. To introduce these “real” basics, I established four things.
Fifty years ago this month, the Freedom Charter boldly proclaimed for all to know: The doors of learning and culture shall be opened. It contains one of the best formulations of the right to education evident today:
Freshly painted in yellow and blue, Kamohelo Preschool in the township of Rammolutse at Viljoenskroon in the Free State, stands out from the row of shacks that surrounds it. This early childhood development (ECD) centre is, like so many dotted around South Africa, struggling to provide an education foundation to preschoolers in the bleak terrain of dire poverty.