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How parents can help schools become more inclusive, according to Nabeel Allie from 'A School Where I Belong'

A School Where I Belong, recently published by Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg and Johnathan Jansen, shows a way forward in creating transformed and inclusive South African schools.

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What SA schools should teach: "Teachers should teach academic knowledge, not replace parenting"

We received tons of comments from readers about the "15 things that should be taught in SA's schools" article. Here are some of the ones that stood out.

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Maths made easy: Explaining functions

In this article, we look at some great resources that explain the maths concept of functions really well.

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15 things that should be taught in SA's schools

Somewhere between all the letters and numbers, children should be taught valuable lessons and skills they can actually use in their daily lives, ones they'll carry with them for a lifetime. Here's a list of things I feel should be incorporated in the school curriculum.

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Schools must equip learners to use credible websites as resources

Learners must be vigilant and aware of the agendas of their sources, especially when doing history research, and not fall for fake SA news sites that incite fear and hatred. And when it comes to international history, we must teach them to look out for some US alt-right "news" sites which have very specific beliefs, including white supremacy and holocaust denialism.

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4 questions to help your Grade 9 choose matric subjects

Deciding on what subjects will best help them achieve their future goals might be too heavy an approach for your teen. Instead here are four easy questions to get them thinking about their future without freaking them out.

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"Great to know where you come from but no idea where you're going" – readers respond to replacing Life Orientation with History

We recently published an article about the Department of Basic Education's decision to scrap Life Orientation and make History compulsory from grade 10-12. Our readers felt, however, that making History compulsory is not viable considering our standard of education, and teens truly need the skills taught in Life Orientation.

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We can't make History compulsory in school without trained teachers to teach it

Teacher training in South Africa is under enormous pressure. And if we're going to make History a compulsory subject, that pressure will only get worse. So is the country really in a position to produce adequate numbers of good History teachers by 2023? Probably not. Linda Chisholm from the University of Johannesburg explains.

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"Phindi wants to be a nurse, but failed Maths Lit because the system failed her again"

A reader writes in to tell us about the apparent "incompetence" in the education system which she explains is "forcing the marginalised to stay in poverty" and preventing them from reaching their full potential.

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In 5 years, Life Orientation will no longer be compulsory, but History will be

On 31 May the Department of Basic Education announced that, as of 2023, History would be rolled out incrementally as a compulsory subject up until matric. But Life Orientation will be scrapped. Here's the skinny.

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Why sexting must be on the curriculum

As parents, and teachers, we need to do more to ensure our children receive the information they need to avoid digital dilemmas and risks.

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Are we creating "incompetent future surgeons" or more opportunities? Readers respond to scrapping supplementary exams

The Department of Basic Education will be scrapping supplementary exams and allow matrics to rewrite a second national exam in the following May/June instead. While some of our readers agreed that this will give students much needed study time, others felt they are making things just a little too easy.

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Chasing academic As? You're limiting your child's possibilities

What will your approach be this term after receiving your little child's report card? Are you pushing your children to achieve As?

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5 lessons from a new high school mom

With her eldest daughter starting high school this year, Nicola Davies-Laubscher looks back at some of the lessons learned over the first few weeks.

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Here's why students at prestigious high schools still cheat on exams

Great expectations? When the stakes are high, the temptation to cheat is multiplied, says researchers. This 20-year study found the underlying reason cheating is so prevalent in affluent schools.

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Should South African schools introduce entrepreneurship as a subject?

Following in the footsteps of other African countries could aid SA's alarmingly high youth unemployment rate.

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These African board games should be introduced into the classroom, here's why

From strategic thinking to decision making, and even patience, these ancient African board games do more than just pass the time and can be a great teaching tool.

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2018 top academic achievers got your teen feeling inadequate?

Comparing themselves to ultra-successful peers is all too easy, and creates massive blind spots to their own skills and talents. Here's how to put things in perspective for your teen.
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