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In 2015 and 2016 waves of student protest swept across South African campuses under the banner of FeesMustFall. This book offers a historical perspective, analysing regional influences on the ideologies that have underpinned South African student politics from the 1960s to the present. The author considers the history of student organisations in the Northern Transvaal (today Limpopo Province) and the ways in which students and youth influenced political change on a national scale, over generations.
The University of the North at Turfloop played an integral role in building the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) in the late 1960s and propagating Black Consciousness in the 1970s; in the 1980s it became an ideological battleground where Black Consciousness advocates and ANC-affiliates competed for influence. Limpopo has remained a hotbed of political activism in the country. Generations of nationally prominent student and youth activists became politically conscientised here – among them Julius Malema, Onkgopotse Tiro, Cyril Ramaphosa, Frank Chikane and Peter Mokaba.
Turfloop (University of Limpopo) has remained politically significant in the post-apartheid era: it was here in 2007 that Julius Malema supported Jacob Zuma’s ascension to the South African presidency during the ANC’s pivotal party conference that resulted in the ousting of Thabo Mbeki.
Free Fall recounts how and why the present education crisis has become the leading cause for black university students in South Africa. Probing deep beneath the surface of the crisis, the book reveals uncomfortable truths about colonial- and apartheid-era education, and traces the tangled web of connections between foreign and South African business interests, the apartheid government, and the role of universities in propping up a white elite and co-opting a subservient black class to their cause.
It brings to life the people and ideas that, over a century-and-a-half, have created a perfect storm for the present crisis in South African higher education. Malcolm Ray combines intellectual rigour with the intimacy of narrative non-fiction, introducing readers to the main protagonists since the end of slavery in 1834, through the rise of missionary education as an instrument of indoctrinating and subjugating black people, and into the apartheid era. Beyond apartheid, the book details how policy blunders by the democratic government since 1994 have conspired with the past to fuel South Africa’s slide into increasing economic and social disarray.
It is the story of the failure of South Africa's democratic government to deal with major fault lines fissuring higher education, and the circumstances that led to the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements. The book ends on a high note, answering the question: ‘What now?’ This book aims to be the beginning of the solution.
Essential reading for matriculants, first year university and college students – and their parents!
Your First Year Of Varsity talks directly to Grade 12 learners and first year university and college students who arrive at their place of higher education filled with hopes, expectations, fears and dreams; yet with little understanding of what this new world means and how to adapt, grow – and graduate.
The book addresses all the rules, demands, behaviours, skills and cultural shifts that will turn an undergraduate into a viable part of higher education life. Foster and Mofokeng have written the book in plain English and it is accessible to anyone who can read a magazine or newspaper. An empathetic, no-nonsense and practical guide to understanding the cultural and academic divide between high school and college or university.
#FeesMustFall, the student revolt that began in October 2015, was an uprising against lack of access to, and financial exclusion from, higher education in South Africa. More broadly, it radically questioned the socio-political dispensation resulting from the 1994 social pact between big business, the ruling elite and the liberation movement.
The 2015 revolt links to national and international youth struggles of the recent past and is informed by Black Consciousness politics and social movements of the international Left. Yet, its objectives are more complex than those of earlier struggles. The student movement has challenged the hierarchical, top-down leadership system of university management and it’s ‘double speak’ of professing to act in workers’ and students’ interests yet enforce a regressive system for control and governance. University managements, while one one level amenable to change, have also co-opted students into their ranks to create co-responsibility for the highly bureaucratised university financial aid that stand in the way of their social revolution.
This book maps the contours of student discontent a year after the start of the #FeesMustFall revolt. Student voices dissect coloniality, improper compromises by the founders of democratic South Africa, feminism, worker rights and meaningful education. In-depth assessments by prominent scholars reflect on the complexities of student activism, its impact on national and university governance, and offer provocative analyses of the power of the revolt.
From two students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School comes a declaration for our times, and an in-depth look at the making of the #NeverAgain movement that arose after the Parkland, Florida, shooting.
On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It's a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want--but events gave them no choice.
The morning after the massacre, David Hogg told CNN: "We're children. You guys are the adults. You need to take some action and play a role. Work together. Get over your politics and get something done."
This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America--with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve. Born just after Columbine and raised amid seemingly endless war and routine active shooter drills, this generation now says, "Enough!". This book is their statement of purpose, and the story of their lives. It is the essential guide to the #NeverAgain movement.
What are the real roots of the student protests of 2015 and 2016? Is it actually about fees? Why did so many protests turn violent? Where is the government while the buildings burn, and do the students know how to end the protests?
Former Free State University Vice-Chancellor Jonathan Jansen delves into the unprecedented disruption of universities that caught South Africa by surprise. In frank interviews with eleven of the VCs most affected, he examines the forces at work, why the protests escalate into chaos, and what is driving – and exasperating – our youth.
This urgent and necessary book gives us an insider view of the crisis, tells us why the conflict will not go away and what it means for the future of our universities.
This illustrated pocket book offers advice and practical tips for students to help build their resourcefulness and resilience at university. This book acknowledges the huge emotional shift that occurs when a student goes to university, and offers advice and strategies to help them to deal with a new set of situations that may be academically and / or personally stressful and challenging. The book outlines some of the reasons why it is particularly difficult for 18-24 year olds to deal with the upheaval of starting university, but goes on to offer evidence-based approaches to help manage the transition. With insightful material from students who describe the unique pressures they experienced at university - and how they dealt with them - this is a very practical book. From developing a "grit" mindset to strategies around social connectedness, readers will learn ways to help them develop resilient life strategies, and grow as a result of their experiences. Written by the award-winning student mental health specialist, Dr Dominique Thompson, this easy-to-read guide will ensure that readers have all the tools they need to build new resourcefulness and resilience, equipping them for life at university and beyond.
Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, this galvanizing book explores engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students.
Although every educator knows firsthand about the effects that poverty can have on students, here at last is a book that makes it crystal clear why and how the effects of poverty have to be addressed in classroom teaching and school and district policy. Veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen helps you understand what poverty does to children's brains and why students raised in poverty are especially subject to stressors that undermine school behavior and performance. Then learn how the effects of poverty can be reversed when educators employ the practices of turn-around schools and schools that have a history of high performance among students raised in poverty. Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Jensen explains what educators everywhere can do to improve the achievement of economically disadvantaged students.
This illustrated pocket book offers advice, practical tips and useful exercises for students to combat low moods and depression at university. Written by the award-winning student mental health specialist, Dr Dominique Thompson, this easy-to-read guide will ensure that students have all the tools they need to understand the sources of their depression and take steps to reclaim their life from its debilitating effects. Although plenty of people talk about depression, there are still a lot of misconceptions about it. This book will clearly explore what depression is, and investigate the ways in which it can affect anyone. With extracts from students' own accounts about their depression, and how they learned to manage it, and lots of practical, easy-to-follow examples and exercises, the book will help readers understand their depression, so they can deal with it in the right way for them. Above all, this book will help readers gain real power over their depression so that they can enjoy the full university experience on their terms.
This illustrated pocket book offers advice, practical tips and useful exercises for students to recognise and manage anxiety at university. Written by the award-winning student mental health specialist, Dr Dominique Thompson, this easy-to-read guide will help readers understand where their anxiety comes from, and why it exists. Whatever the source of individuals' worries or phobias, this book will help readers understand their anxiety and help them develop the tools they need to handle it. With lots of real-world examples, Dr Thompson shows how anxiety affects people in many different ways - helping readers develop the kinds of strategies that will help them in ways that are truly meaningful for their experience. Just as importantly, readers will learn about the kinds of unhelpful things that people try to do to deal with anxiety which actually do more harm than good. Above all, this book will help students navigate their life at university, without feeling like their anxieties are in charge of them.
The transition from high school to college is usually the most dramatic in young people's lives. In this humorous and thought-provoking resource, Chuck Bomar offers up pearls of wisdom gained over years of personal and professional experience. It's great as a graduation gift, as a college freshman small group discussion starter, or as any number of other uses. However you put it to work, you'll be sure to save some young adults some pain, money, and from foot fungus.
Student life can be expensive - but don't panic. Manage Your Money helps you successfully juggle your finances as you study, giving you the confidence and good habits to stay on track. Manage your budget (and still have a life) Become a savvy spender so your cash goes further Explore sources of funding you didn't know existed. Super Quick Skills provide the essential building blocks you need to succeed at university - fast. Packed with practical, positive advice on core academic and life skills, you'll discover focused tips and strategies to use straight away. Whether it's writing great essays, understanding referencing or managing your wellbeing, find out how to build good habits and progress your skills throughout your studies. Learn core skills quickly Apply right away and see results Succeed in your studies and life. Super Quick Skills give you the foundations you need to confidently navigate the ups and downs of university life.
The essential survival guide for college students Getting into college takes plenty of hard work, but knowing what your professors expect of you once you get there can be even more challenging. Will This Be on the Test? is the essential survival guide for high-school students making the transition to college academics. In this entertaining and informative book, Dana Johnson shares wisdom and wit gleaned from her decades of experience as an award-winning teacher in the freshman classroom "lessons that will continue to serve you long after college graduation. Johnson offers invaluable insights into how college academics differs from high school. She reveals how to maximize what you learn and develop good relationships with your professors, while explaining how you fit into the learning environment of college. Answering the questions that many new college students don (TM)t think to ask, Johnson provides tactical tips on getting the most out of office hours, e-mailing your professor appropriately, and optimizing your performance on assignments and exams. She gives practical advice on using the syllabus to your advantage, knowing how to address your instructors, and making sure you (TM)re not violating the academic ethics code. The book also offers invaluable advice about online courses and guidance for parents who want to help their children succeed. Will This Be on the Test? shows you how to work with your professors to get the education, grades, and recommendations you need to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
This illustrated pocket book offers advice, practical tips and useful exercises for students who want to safely navigate the unique pressures and pleasures that life at university brings. Written by the award-winning student mental health specialist, Dr Dominique Thompson, this easy-to-read guide will ensure that readers have all the tools they need to combat issues around leaving home, exam stress, socialising, safety, sex, and substances, so that they can truly make the most of their time as a student. The book follows the timeline of a student preparing for university, finding their way through fresher's week, the first term, and the interruption of holidays and returning to families. The format makes the book suitable for sixth formers planning ahead to university, as well as first year students. The material is easy to dip in and out of, and addresses all of the major issues they'll experience as a new student. It is written from a non-judgemental perspective, and features extensive contributions form students talking about their own experiences, the things they learned, and the things they'd wished they'd known. This is the book that everyone wishes they'd had when they started university!
Real-world leadership training for real-world students The Student Leadership Challenge tailors one of the world's most respected leadership models to students' unique needs, and provides a proven pathway to success. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, this book merges solid research with personal stories from real-world student leaders to help students develop the critical skills they need to lead both now and after graduation. Useful from high school to graduate school and beyond, these lessons are reinforced by reflective and critical thinking activities to help students internalize important concepts while honestly assessing their own practices. Updated and expanded, this new third edition includes four extra chapters to allow deeper investigation, while broader, deeper, and more vivid examples from real-life students illustrate what student leadership looks like around the world. New discussion delves into the research behind the model, as well as the usefulness of leadership in the transition to post-graduate life. What does leadership mean to you? Although it may be difficult to put into words, we all know it when we see it. Effective leaders tend to exhibit a specific set of traits, possess certain skills, and practice particular habits. This book helps you hone your natural talents and shape your path to success as the leader you want to become. Learn The Five Practices of Leadership, and how they help you succeed beyond school Discover how students around the world are exhibiting the best in modern leadership Practice critical leadership techniques and engage in thought-provoking discussion Assess your own potential with the Student Leadership Practices Inventory Great leadership is more important than ever before, and students are in a prime position to develop these critical skills. The Student Leadership Challenge provides a comprehensive framework with real-world application to help students become their very best.
Theyre leaving home will they leave the faith? Every year, thousands of young Catholics leave their homes for higher education at our nations colleges and universities. Very few realize, however, that from orientation day onward, they will be indoctrinated with a vision of reality that is very different from the values their families hold dear.
If you've ever been uncertain about what to do about the chronic achievement gap between black males and other student populations, then here's a book that will forever change your approach to these students and equip you with a whole new plan for motivating black males to achieve in school and in life. Award-winning educator and author Baruti K. Kafele draws from his 20 years of experience in teaching black males and turning around troubled urban schools to explain:
Why the challenges of educating black male students are different from educating other student populations.
What all black male students need in their classroom experiences.
How to assess your own attitudes and abilities to educate black males.
Which major problems outside of school could change the way you teach black males.
How to address the root causes of black male self-identity.
Why and how to develop a young men's empowerment program.
Everyone wants to do well in their studies and now there's a book to support you. THE STUDY BOOK is a practical guide to developing the academic skills you need. Learn how to think, research, debate, write about, and apply information - and do things that will directly impact on your academic success from the moment you start. THE STUDY BOOK reinvents study skills, empowering you to understand the key academic skills you need, whatever your course, while at the same time helping you put those skills into practice within your course. It guides you through activities and processes to help you examine your learning abilities and experiences so far, to understand your particular preferences and styles, your natural advantages as well as any specific weaknesses, and then guides you to build an effective personal approach to studying. It will help you fulfil the key success criteria to do well in your course, like completing high quality assignments, and showing off your full understanding in exams. Along the way you'll find emergency tips to inject into realistic situations like when struggling with the dynamics in a group-working situation, lost in planning a complex assignment, or getting stressed in the days before an exam. It contains specific reminders about academic conventions, definitions of terminology, useful checklists to support tasks, and simplified processes to keep you on track. There are insights from other students, example scenarios, and short case-studies, all designed to root the advice in real academic context, and keep you focused on what you need to do to keep improving.
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