17 October 2017

South Africa: Maritzburg College - How Behind the Education Curve Are We?

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A school in Maritzburg College's position could redeem its reputation as a place of relevant learning by challenging opinionated students to defend their views in the public square under the disclaimer that those opinions are not necessarily those of the college.

Maritzburg College could redeem its reputation as a place of relevant learning by challenging opinionated students to defend their views in the public square under the disclaimer that those opinions are not necessarily theirs.

As problematic as Maritzburg College's initial response to the students with the placards may have been, we must protect the college's right to its rules -- before we tear into the rules it upholds through this right.

Former cricketer and Maritzburg College student, Kevin Pietersen, thrust the establishment and the students supporting the EFF (in school uniform, on school premises) into the public spotlight with a tweet that read, "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? Total disrespect for a once GREAT school! Are you joking?!?!"

Advocate Martin Williams responded that the Constitution frees the students to express their political opinions, and the school's code of conduct cannot limit this right. No less an editor than Peter Bruce also replied, "Well, Kevin, if we as young men...

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