Natasha Robinson

Vignette 1

Learning from the past: The role of emotion in deflecting conversations about privilege and power in South African schools


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This vignette explores history teaching in a 9th grade classroom of a high school with a population mostly representing the privileged White minority population in South Africa. An experienced teacher takes the initiative, deviating from the curriculum, in trying to teach his students about racism and discrimination and the roles played by love and hate. Ultimately the vignette unveils how the deep injustices of the South African past still permeate all aspects of schooling and especially the history classroom, rendering ‘citizenship’ a difficult concept on the national level before even considering the global.