Each of the following questions and activities are designed to stimulate discussion and action in classrooms at both high school and university levels, and in your community.
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When violence became too severe at the Aha Thuto school in South Africa, the principal closed the school, and then began allowing only students whose parents accompanied them to attend.
How do audience members feel about the role of parents and other community
members in managing a school?
What should be the responsibilities of students in such a situation?
What would happen if such a rule were instituted in your communitys schools?
When Nelson Mandela visited Orange Farm, the township was in the midst of a struggle to build a new school. Mandela addressed their concerns with the following comments: We want to ensure a better life for everybody in this country. And that better life means the creation of jobs, the building of houses, of schools, the making of new roads. I have brought today none of these things.
What does it mean to provide such benefits as a free education for citizens?
Is your education free?
What are the costs, values, and rewards of a free public education?