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Science has proven it! Little dinosaur fanatics are super smart

Is your toddler fascinated by dinosaurs? This research provides more reason to help your child keep up their interest.

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South Africa’s main parties all have plans for education. What’s missing?

Are South Africa’s biggest political parties offering anything new to inject much-needed life into the ailing education system? We take a look at how the ANC, DA and EFF have promised to make a difference in the lives of SA's children.

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WATCH: Genius maths hacks: Adding fractions with the butterfly method

We all know how to add fractions the standard way. But have you heard of the butterfly method?

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WATCH: Genius maths hacks: Multiplying teen numbers

From 11x11 right up to 19x19, here’s an easy hack to tackle and times teen numbers.

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The "life-changing" math hack for percentages they probably didn’t teach you in school

If your little ones are struggling to work out their percentages and it makes more sense to switch the two numbers around, do it! Turns out the answer is the same both ways.

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AI in schools? Here’s what we need to consider

AI's already filtered through most of what we do. Just ask Siri. But soon enough, it'll also play a vital role in your child's education. Will it replace teachers in the classroom? Probably not. But it's important for us to understand its potential as well as its limitations.

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Study reveals one of kids’ top dream jobs is to be a YouTube influencer

A survey about what children want to be when they grow up has revealed the changing landscape of the working world!

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WATCH: Genius maths hacks: The 9 times table

If you've got your tables memorised, you can probably read off your 9-times tables like nobody's business. But we've put together these genius math hacks that make it easier to tackle even the bigger numbers.

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Gauteng parents, you can now apply to any school regardless of your location

MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, recently announced that, as of now, parents can apply to any school for their children, regardless of the location of said school.

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WATCH: Genius maths hacks: The 11 times table

Sure, memorising your times tables is easy when you’re working with smaller numbers. The bigger ones, not so much... But we’ve put together these genius math hacks that makes multiplication a whole lot easier to do.

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Future skills: Leadership

Leadership is a skill that will stand our children in good stead one day, regardless of the career they end up in. But how can schools and parents foster and nurture leadership? A teacher explains.

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Consent in the classroom: The reason 23 pupils in Valhalla reported their sex pest teacher

Earlier this month News24 reported that a teacher allegedly sexually assaulted 23 pupils at Valhalla Primary School in Pretoria last year but learners only opened up about this after police officers visited their school in January to teach them about sexual assault.

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Surveillance app raises concerns about children’s right to privacy

The ClassDojo app allows teachers to record and photograph student behaviour and display student standings to an entire class, and it is being used in 180 countries.

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Stressed boy calls emergency operator for help – with math homework!

A 10-year-old schoolboy called emergency services for help with a difficult assignment – and a kind dispatcher patiently helped him.

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Yes or no to homework? Parents respond

We recently published a letter sent in by the headmaster at Riverview Preparatory School in Mpumalanga, Gareth Dry, in which he explained exactly why we should do away with homework. We got so many responses from parents, some of whom agreed, some with differing views, but they seem to have reopened the debate. What are your thoughts?

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"Homework? No thank you" – a principal responds

"All the latest and best research around the world now indicates that homework at primary school level is unnecessary and often dangerous to the cognitive and social development of our children. To give or not to give homework is not an ‘age old debate’ as it is actually no longer a debate. The science is in and it is irrefutable."

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Improving the teaching standards in South Africa: the carrot or the stick?

Academic outcomes can be accomplished by high teaching quality, but sadly, teaching is not seen as the most prestigious and attractive profession in South Africa. Research on newly qualified teachers also indicates that students enter their studies with very poor skills, motivation and passion, and leave with little more. We need to change this in order to turn SA's teaching cycle from a vicious to a virtuous one.

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School civvies days: "You pay to wear your OWN clothes. Imagine"

"Corruption in this country started back in primary school when we had to pay R10 to wear our own clothes." 7 reasons why civvies day isn't the best idea.

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OPINION: Lessons from the Schweizer-Reneke incident and how we can unlearn racism

"Racism is learned and can therefore be unlearned. Teachers can play a significant role in mediating the negative effect of racism in classrooms, schools and society." Jerome Joorst, a lecturer at Stellenbosch University, shares his thoughts on how, in light of the Schweizer-Reneke incident, we can start conversations to disrupt the rigid narratives of race.

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OPINION: Do your kids learn 5 000 new English words every year?

How the simple act of reading bedtime stories to your children could be the most significant contribution you can make to their future success.

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What do extramurals cost in SA in 2019?

Feeling limited by the list of extracurriculars offered by your child's school? We look at the costs of dozens of options: from ballet and boxing to music and Mandarin.
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