Educators at a crossroads
Lloyd believes that South African educators find themselves at a crossroads.
On the one hand, technological advances offer educators a unique opportunity to enhance learning. On the other hand, persistent socio-economic ills are negatively impacting the quality of education. These problems include the prevalence of violence at schools, ill-discipline, gangsterism, drug abuse and bullying.
“We all recognise that education is important. The value of education cannot be downplayed, since it levels the playing field for everyone – regardless of background or economic standing. We must however also take responsibility and confront poor education,” he said.
Ordinary “chalk and talk” classrooms are a thing of the past. This was the message at the alumni networking session for teaching professionals on 13 June on the campus in Vanderbijlpark.
At this event Prof Lloyd Conley, the executive dean of the Faculty of Education, reflected on new teaching practices, the rise of technology and the role of teachers in the modern-day classroom.
A new education landscape: we learn together
Lloyd explained that the South African educational landscape is changing and that “internet enlightenment” is beckoning in a new direction for 21st century schools. “Novel and relevant teaching practices are of utmost importance.”
In addressing the challenges of the new education landscape, critical factors are good communication, continued collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. “As an educator, do not be afraid to learn with your learners and by doing so, keep the home fire of impactful education burning.”
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