Monday, September 21, 2009

Legacy of Apartheid schooling

In South Africa...
South Africa’s schools are still struggling with the legacy of the apartheid era, when the government established a separate “Bantu” education system that deliberately sought to make blacks subservient laborers. Hendrik Verwoerd, the prime minister who was the architect of apartheid, said “Bantu” must not be subjected to an education that shows him “the green pastures of European society in which he was not allowed to graze.” (NYT)
In L.A....

The Times reports city high schools with 50 students packed into a single classroom, many without desks or chairs, sitting on file cabinets or on the floor.
"I'm very frustrated," Collier said. "I mean, it's a good class -- it's an honors class, and the kids are really good. But it's unreasonable to ask me to teach a class of 48 kids and give attention to everybody."
Reader survey question:

Does anyone know of any predominantly white schools with 50 students/class? Please contact me with info.


  1. I'm sure there is one or two in Albania.

  2. Yes, but that's because nearly all Albanian teachers have fled the country. Maybe we should do that here.


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