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My favourite tattoo

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Some years ago I found myself on a tattooist’s reclining chair with tiny needles jabbing at the skin on my ribcage. I was studying philosophy

The hypocrisy of social justice

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O heavy lightness, serious vanity, Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms! – Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene I Most politically aware South Africans will be

School capture: a peek behind the curtain

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“Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.” Mao Tse Tung in “Analysis of

Black lives matter, or do they?

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Lennie held out his hands pleadingly. “Give ‘um to me, George. I’ll take ‘um back. I didn’t mean no harm, George. Honest I didn’t. I

Anti-racism in schools: a new religion

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When I was a teacher, one of my students mentioned that his geography teacher had told his class that the textbook was wrong about the

The colouring-in of tears

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I sat down with a teacher the other day. She told me the story of how she was humiliated in front of her colleagues by

Are private schools being racialised surreptitiously?

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The Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) is the largest and oldest association of independent schools in the Southern African region. It has over

Activist Teachers: the new priestly class?

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Many parents will have become aware of a theory of social justice commonly known as Critical Social Justice (CSJ). However, many parents are unaware that

Lobola and abuse: is cultural sensitivity harming SA women?

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‘Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones.’ Shirley Jackson, The Lottery, 1948 At

Lived experience: A strange kind of truth

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‘The Fremen were supreme in that quality the ancients called “spannungsbogen” – which is the self-imposed delay between the desire for a thing and the