03 avril 2019

Fixing South Africa’s public schools: lessons from a small-town university

The ConversationThere is starkly unequal access to quality education. Most children attend dysfunctional no-fee paying public schools. Statistics show that fewer than one in ten black learners from no-fee paying schools leave with a good quality matric (the final year of high school) pass – the kind that would provide access to university. More...

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From playground risks to college admissions: Failure helps build kids’ resilience

The ConversationWith recent news of the college cheating scandal in which parents allegedly paid for their children to gain entrance to the most prestigious post-secondary institutions in the United States, increased attention has been placed on the extreme and even illegal measures parents will take to ensure their children are successful. More...

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Universities must stop relying on software to deal with plagiarism

The ConversationEducational software – whether it’s a teaching aid or a program designed to help teachers with administration – is big business. The recent multi-billion dollar acquisition of Turnitin, a program that is used around the world to flag possible evidence of plagiarism, is further proof of this. More...

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Why science matters so much in the era of fake news and fallacies

The ConversationDemocracy and social progress die without science and fact-based knowledge. Science and facts are the foundational basis for rational and logical disputation and the possibility of reaching some truths. More...

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New dictionary provides nuanced insights into the language of African politics

The ConversationOur new dictionary of African politics reveals the witty and insightful political terminology that people in different African countries use to speak truth to power and discuss everyday developments. It shows the importance of language for understanding politics and the varied experience of different nations. More...

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Free to reproduce, free to exploit: South Africa’s copyright amendment bill

The ConversationBeing an academic is like driving a car. We can all do it but few of us actually know how a car is manufactured. When something goes wrong, we phone the Automobile Association. More...

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Nigeria’s universities are performing poorly. What can be done about it

The ConversationWhy are Nigeria’s universities in such a sorry state? Some would say it had to do with just one word: money. Sadly this is part of the reason. But not entirely. More...

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Why banning controversial voices from universities is bad practice

The ConversationTwo years ago the University of Cape Town (UCT) “disinvited” Flemming Rose from giving its annual T.B. Davie Academic Freedom Lecture. Rose is the cultural editor of the Danish publication, Jyllands-Posten that depicted the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons. More...

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What a new university in Africa is doing to decolonise social sciences

The ConversationIt’s not often that you get to create a new university from scratch: space, staff – and curriculum. But that’s exactly what we’re doing in Mauritius, at one of Africa’s newest higher education institutions. And decoloniality is central to our work. More...

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Reading 'Underground' and Thinking About the World Beneath Our Campuses

By Joshua Kim. A book for those curious about what lies below. More...

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