Category: Education

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Jewish Life Article

School in Harare was a disaster for Julian Leon educationally and psychologically. So it might seem strange that he went on to spend nearly 20 years working at a school as a counsellor helping to develop the inclusive education programme at Herzlia. “Herzlia however,” he says “is more than a school, it is community and…
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And the prize for having green eyes goes to…

Returning to the beginning for just a minute; after all the parental lobbying, meetings, discussions and arguments one day the staff were informed that the school was now an inclusive school. This immediately evoked an intense reaction from teachers and parents. Amongst many objections we heard the following…. This is a school for normal children,…
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Liquorice allsorts: The varieties of being human

The basis of inclusion, whether pertaining to the psyche, the family, the school, the community or the nation is the reality and importance of diversity. The natural diversity we find inherent in being human, in humans and the human experience. It is how this issue is dealt with that determines whether inclusion of the diverse…
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Winners and losers

I would walk a mile for supportive education. It’s really meaningful to me. The sense of importance attached to this idea probably emerged as a result of my experiences at school…unsurprisingly. I Would Walk a Mile for a Camel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIxtnMfCURs Widow of Marlboro Man Sues – Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-09-13/news/9609140118_1_marlboro-man-lung-cancer-philip-morris When I graduated from primary to…
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“Educate (and raise) each child according to their way”

We managed the inclusive and supportive education programme at the school. There were many miracles that we saw at school over the years. By miracle I don’t mean that there was a divine or supernatural component, I am open to that kind of experience but other than being open I have no way of knowing…
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The irate game ranger’s mother or the best thing we can do for our children.

As the counsellor at the school each year for the new generation of grade 9 kids we spent time working on subject choices for matric. Over the years I had embarked on a number of approaches in dealing with subject choice. Initially I would arrange for representatives from the University of Cape Town, Cape Technikon…
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Supportive education

I am on LinkedIn. I subscribe to two groups Special Education Needs and Inclusive Education. I don’t like the terms special education, special needs, inclusive education, exceptionalities etc. I know what they mean but I also know what they really mean. However well-intentioned the advocacy is these words ultimately result in the separation of us…
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ADHD is not always about deficit

David was in grade 9 at the Middle School. He had been referred by teachers because they found him unable to concentrate and sit still in class whilst they were teaching. So he was psycho-educationally assessed very thoroughly, referred to a medical specialist and came back with a diagnosis of ADHD. I remember having a…
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