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nepotism and consultancies

Zuma is talking about nepotism and those who are hired as professionals are paying consultants to do the job they are paid to do. What to do about it?, What is the solution?
Posted on 25/03/2015 10:24:16

bandoning the teaching of subjects and focusing on phenomena and improving the lives of individuals trans-disciplinaril

Research101 » Forums » News forum » Abandoning the teaching of subjects at schools   Abandoning the teaching of subjects at schools by Alon Serper - Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 8:59 AM   http://qz.com/367487/goodbye-math-and-history-finland-wants-to-abandon-teaching-subjects-at-school/   here is my gist of it   "Instead, the Finns are teaching phenomena—such as the European Union, which encompasses learning languages, history, politics, and geography...   No more of an hour of history followed by an hour of chemistry. The idea aims to eliminate one of the biggest gripes of students everywhere: “What is the point of learning this?” Now, each subject is anchored to the reason for learning it...   The new system is much more collaborative, forcing teachers from different areas to come up with the curriculum together." --  This is a good start.  We need to connect it to current emotion-laden and embodied knowledge issues:  And of course, for me, the propositional cannot work and the dialectical is far superior epistemologically, ontologically and educationally.   Hence my exercises from yesterday as the issues of colonialism leads to emotions firing up:   Emotions without knowledge and critical analysis and dialectical scrutiny leads to indoctrination and exploitation and a feudal system of those who use the emotions without analysis and critical engagement, formulating questions, enquiring, co-enquiring and working at improving individuals’ lives using everything we have    
Posted on 24/03/2015 09:25:18

Mhudi

The story of the construction of South Africa as a construct
Posted on 23/03/2015 09:48:31

Colonialism, Africa and South Africa - in light of the Rhodesstatue

Isn't South Africa and Africa colonialist constructs per se? The whole concepts and constructs are colonialist and need shift to a different construct. Africa is an artificial construct that was invented by the colonialist as a colonialist construct. Research101 » Forums » News forum » Colonialism, Africa and South Africa - in light of the Rhodes status Colonialism, Africa and South Africa - in light of the Rhodes status by Alon Serper - Monday, 23 March 2015, 9:23 AM   As the Rhodes statue is rightly under attack for being a symbol of racial domination and oppression in the name of economic and racial colonialism, and as I have just read Mhudi Sol. T. Plaatje.  Mhundi: An Epic of South African Native Life a Hundred Years Ago.  Originally published in 1930 by Lovedale Press. Reprinted 1970 by Negro Universities Press A division of  Greenwood Press, Inc. New York. which I'll describe in the next post and which describes the history and coming about of South Africa to what it is today, a tragic country of oppressed and oppressor, injustices and inequality. The roots were laid here at the time of the novel, the mid 19th century. the following questions come to my mind Aren't South Africa and Africa colonialist constructs per se? That is, those very concepts and constructs are colonialist and colonialism. They did not exist before the Europeans left Europe and arrived in the parts of the world outside Europe where they artificially drew lines on maps, colonialist constructs, and brought ethnicities, tribes and clans together on nation states, a colonialist construct, They were constructed as colonialism.  So the statue is not colonialist.  South Africa and the rest of the world outside Europe is colonialist and require re-organization and reconstruction to shift colonialism into something else.   Hence, a shift from colonialism require the shift of Africa, South Africa, Latin America, the Middle East to completely different constructs Perhaps as little clans whose members work together on their wellbeing and good quality life as what they want to be   Africa is an artificial construct that was invented by the colonialist as a colonialist construct. So is South Africa as the novel Mhudi beautifully demonstrates. Hence, do not just  move a statue, end the artificial invention that is called South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Congo, etc etc and reconstruct something else - Perhaps establish small clans of equal members focusing on the wellbeing of its members according to their definition of wellbeing The Arab spring had shown how the colonialist nation state is a trivial artificial construct that collapses when the restrain and terror on the inhabitants are lifted.  We can use it as a dialectical exercise Should South Africa and Africa be reconstructed into something else, that is no more colonialist? Should we finish this whole colonialist construct that is termed South Africa and construct a completely new, or old, political entity, construct and a place    Reply See this post in context  nstrates.
Posted on 23/03/2015 08:50:29

Dialectical PhD exercises

On Thursday, 6 November 2014, at 2:23 PM I suggested in my Research101 moodle and elsewhere that those who do their PhD will write short and clear answers to the following questions below.  They will submit it in the moodle, below, or to me, and that we'll discuss each others' writing, anonymously or not, and after that you can rewrite the answers based on the discussions, comments that you receive, questions you are asked and ask your peers, and what you learned from this dialogical dialectical critical engagement.  As your research progresses we shall do it again and gain.  And organize it in chapters, reflecting on the presentation and orders of the chapters and sections.
Posted on 20/03/2015 10:37:51

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FEMALE SRC PRESIDENT

 Hallo,I would like to congratulate our President of the SRC. I hope the President in her term will make an effort to connect with part-time students like us. In my years as a part time student, I have not had a feeling that these important community is viewed as part of the university popul...
Posted on 03/02/2015 09:52:21


Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33


RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35


AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


RE:Sport

The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


RE:Sport

The pool on the 2nd Avenue campus was part of the gym. The gym has been converted into offices and the archives of the university. The pool is unfortunately no longer operational.
Posted on 17/10/2011 12:57:31


 

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