Around the Table with George Eadie

Since 1975 The Answer Series, often called TAS, has been empowering high school learners. We’ve become the best-selling study guide series in South Africa.

TAS study guides are comprehensive and easy to use. They are written – and frequently updated – by teachers, examiners and subject specialists. The Answer Series is – and has always been – a family-run business. Our purpose with The Answer Series is to impart the gift of confidence.

TAS has just launched, it’s second podcast series named: Around the Table with CEO George Eadie.

Our intent with this podcast is to go on a journey to deepen our understanding of the education system in South Africa. In each episode we will talk all things education, innovation and inspiration with 8 brilliant guests from around the country and further afield.

TAS has contributed to improved SA education outcomes since 1975, however, this podcast series is an expression of TAS’ intent to continue learning. George has the beautiful responsibility to lead TAS into its next generation. We knew that education was on the cusp of significant change pre-Covid. The pandemic has served as a great accelerant and as a catalyst for adaptation.

What we already know is that improving education in SA requires a team effort. We would like to invite anyone who is passionate about affecting positive change in Education to join us on this learning journey. Let’s work together to fuel the spirit of education in South Africa.

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28
OCT

Ep. 10 A revolutionary model of schooling for modern times

Around the Table with George Eadie is a podcast dedicated to better understanding education and how it might be improved in South Africa.
More info for e-books for schools from The Answer Series as mentioned in the ad: https://www.theanswer.co.za/subscriptions/ebooks-b2b/

Tim Viera is the CEO and Founder of Brave Generation Academy. BGA Is a global school network with 53 hubs around the world. Tim and his team used common sense to create this new version of schooling that is better adapted to modern times.
https://bravegenerationacademy.com/home

00:00 Teasers; Intro and Ad
3:19 Origin Story of Brave Generation Academy (BGA)
07:12 Emphasis on the use of common sense to chart the course change
7:50 Balancing the demands of life while starting BGA
11:04 Type of kids that were attracted to BGA
11:37 More about the use of the British International Curriculum
12:00 How BGA adapts to the learner
14:05 Peers inspiring peers to find their passion
14:30 The role of learning coaches
15:25 No set holidays
15:50 Your academic timeline and your learning coach
16:28 The role of learning coaches
17:13 The Tech Platform and the structure of academic progression
19:27 The teenage brain and the capability to cope with this model
22:00 Traditional schooling is fine for kids under 12.
20:57 Preparing for beyond school
22:58 Incorporation of 1st University into BGA
24:09 Self-paced learning removes excuses and slow is fine!
25:21 More detail on the hubs and their integration into the community
28:35 Brave and Beyond Curriculum (Social and Emotional competencies)
29:34 Results they're getting
30:47 No failures, only experiences (Vet Story)
29:00 no failure, only stories - funny job shadow story
31:40 Integration of hub into the community
31:55 Why teachers aspire to be a learning coach
32:21 Opinions on how to improve education in South Africa
33:08 National education systems, globally are under pressure
33:39 Business model of BGA: Purpose project
34:10 Technology to deliver a minimum standard of learning
34:50 Declining standard of a South African matric, globally
35:30 Globally relevant skills mean you can live in Kenya and earn in the US
36:13 Re-thinking assumptions, e.g. holidays
36:40 SA needs an extra year for an A-level equivalent
37:06 How does the broader system migrate from where it is now?
38:56 How do schools need to be more relevant?
39:25 What about Microsoft certifications at 15?
40:20 Universities should be including 1st year within school
42:15 Match the adaptability of schooling to the speed of change in the working world
42:58 We need to create wealth creators, not workers
43:37 Was there ever a reckoning moment in the creation of BGA?
46:20 The efficiency of hubs versus the cost-heavy schooling model
50:18 Wrap, thank you and details for following BGA
50:48 SA Hubs: Tygervalley, Waterfront, Sunninghill, Nelspruit
For more about All-Access E-books for Schools For more info on Brave Generation Academy
20
JUN

Ep 9. Using ed-tech to shape the literacy landscape in South Africa

Did you know that 78% of South African Grade 4 learners can’t read for meaning and 63% of grade five learners show no basic mathematical knowledge? Unfortunately, weak student performance in literacy and numeracy in Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3) constitutes one of the major factors leading to poor learning outcomes in later grades.

Founder of the Click Foundation, Nicola Harris, is changing these statistics with her NGO. She joins TAS CEO and podcast host, George Eadie in this episode of Around the Table to share how Nicola and her team have the amazing reputation of leading one of South Africa's most scaled ed-tech rollouts as an NGO. After 10 years of leading the Click Foundation, she has a wealth of learnings to share.

Be inspired by Nicola’s incredible story and how her organisation overcome COVID-related restrictions, as well as the socio-economic issues South African schools face in relation to implementing ed-tech programs like hers. Make sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss any upcoming episodes.

Important links:

Get access to all Answer Series e-books with just one license: https://www.theanswer.co.za/subscriptions/ebooks/

Get access to free e-Books for teachers: https://www.theanswer.co.za/teacher/free-e-books-for-teachers/

Contact TAS if you're a teacher for group benefits when buying for your class: info@theanswerseries.co.za

The Click Foundation: https://clickfoundation.co.za/

Follow George Eadie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeeadie/ or on Twitter @GeorgeEadie

Visit TechWays www.techways.online and use the voucher code “TheAnswer” to get a 10% discount.
The Click Foundation free e-Books for teachers
11
APR

Ep. 8 How best to prepare for the real world with Westleigh Wilkinson and Cordene Midgley

“How best to prepare for the real world?” is a question often posed to everyone involved in education. A South African company, iXperience, has thought a lot about this question and offers solutions, both locally and internationally, to help learners prepare for and make more informed decisions about their futures.

Joining TAS CEO and Podcast Host, George Eadie, to share their story and perspective on the above question is Senior Vice President of Growth at iXperience: Westleigh Wilkinson, and Vice President of Education: Cordene Midgley.

They touch on what the most important things are that everyone in the education space (teachers, parents, policy-makers and learners) must consider in order to be well-prepared for the “real world”.
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Gr 12 Maths Support & Maths Literacy Community
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Access to Grade 12 videos
Helpful blog resources for learners, parents, teachers and many more exciting things to come.

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09
NOV
2021

Ep 7. Talking curriculum with John Volmink

In episode 7, George Eadie interviews Prof John Volmink, Chairperson at Umalusi Council.

John started his teaching career as a high school teacher and later held various University teaching positions including the University of Western Cape, University of Cape Town and Cornell University.

George and John consider the fundamental role of curriculum in a successful education system. They also discuss the history of curriculum in SA, and in what ways the curriculum must evolve into the future based on what we’re learning in SA and globally.

Key take-outs:
Intro: 00:00 to 8:00

The fundamental role of curriculum: 8:00 to 10:55

History of the curriculum in South Africa: 10:55 to 16:33

Outcomes-based education in context: 19:00 to 21:52

The context of the introduction of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS): 21:52 to 27:30

How CAPS might adapt due to lost learning time from Covid: 27:30 to 30:05

The role of teacher support material and textbooks 30:05 to 33:16

Will subjects continue to be the structure of learning in future: 33:16 to 38:00

Views on the role of assessment: 38:00 to 41:05

Final remarks from John address change fatigue and the resistance to curriculum evolution 41:05

George’s take-outs 45:35
Follow John Volmink on LinkedIn Get access to free eBooks for teachers The Grade 12 Maths video
08
OCT
2021

Ep 6. Why educational technology is our best bet to educate Africa's youth

In episode 6 George Eadie interviews Robert Paddock, Founder and CEO of Valenture Institute.

Valenture Institute was launched in 2019 as one of Africa’s first dedicated online high schools and has recently achieved superb traction in their collaboration with UCT in the creation of the UCT Online High School.

George and Robert discuss how physical limitations can be turned into digital opportunities, and why education technology is our best bet to educate Africa's youth bulge.

Important links:

Grade 12 Maths Videos: https://www.theanswer.co.za/course/grade-12-mathematics/

Contact TAS is you're a teacher for group benefits when buying for your class: info@theanswerseries.co.za

Follow George Eadie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeeadie/ or on Twitter @GeorgeEadie

Follow Robert Paddock on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-paddock-4110251b
Grade 12 Mathematics videos www.linkedin.com www.linkedin.com
09
SEP
2021

Ep 5. The Case for In Person Education

In episode 5 George Eadie interviews Graham Sayer. Graham is in his fifteenth year of service to Somerset College in the Western Cape, and his fourth as both Head of the Senior School and Executive Head of the whole College, he is the youngest person to have been appointed to either role.

Graham and his team have conducted some research into the case for in-person education. In episode 5 George and Graham are therefore discussing the value of in-person education. This theme is in response to the many hopes out there of a technological panacea to our education challenges.

They conclude, amongst other things, that character and resilience are the real goals of education and methods for building these are unique to adolescents; what we consider to work for us as adults may simply not apply to a young person.

Important links:

- The benefits of in-person education
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-08-26-for-the-good-of-the-child-benefits-of-in-person-schooling-far-outweigh-those-of-online-learning/

- Grade 12 Mathematics Videos
https://www.theanswer.co.za/course/grade-12-mathematics/?fbclid=IwAR278fSRuBQRvRAWQpSlDZti7_Czi7_dJqeYjYW9wZZ6ZQEpKgYQqQvgp3Q

- Contact TAS is you're a teacher for group benefits when buying for your class: info@theanswerseries.co.za

- Follow George Eadie on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeeadie/ or on Twitter @GeorgeEadie

- Follow Graham Sayer on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/graham-sayer-438a22100/

- Book recommendation from Graham:
The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt https://www.bookmall.co.za/products/the-righteous-mind?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-NaJBhDsARIsAAja6dNeKkY1YhQDqxVayKJFggmCZhy39PW94LifVlSGB7LrPv1RTy7t2EgaAu5vEALw_wcB

- Cleverlands - Lucy Crehan https://www.bookmall.co.za/products/cleverlands

John Hatti’s list of effects; evaluation of accomplished teaching scale https://visible-learning.org/backup-hattie-ranking-256-effects-2017/
The benefits of in-person education Grade 12 Mathematics videos linkedin-George Eadie Linkedin-Graham Sayer The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt Cleverlands - Lucy Crehan John Hatti’s list of effects; evaluation of accomplished teaching scale
18
AUG
2021

Ep. 4- Talking teacher development in SA with Sarah Gravett

In the third episode George Eadie interviewed Sizwe Nxasana, the Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust and founder of the Sifiso Learning Group. They have attempted to address the broad theme: “How should we think about the role of schools in South Africa?”

In the fourth episode George Eadie interviews Sarah Gravett, Dean of Education at UJ. In this episode they focus on important distinctions in understanding the national structure of accountability in teacher development. They also discuss the importance of school leadership to embrace continuous professional development through communities of practice and mentoring teachers.

Embracing initiatives to foster lifelong learning in teachers is the name of the game. If we all rally together to make our contribution to supporting the schools we are involved in, then it is possible to change the system, one teacher and one school at a time.

TAS would like to thank you for the role you play in developing and improving education in South Africa, not only in our current setting, but also for future generations.

Let’s work together to impart the gift of confidence in 2021 and beyond.

Important links
1. https://www.theanswer.co.za/gr-12-mathematics-past-papers-toolkit-is-here/

2. Contact TAS if you're a teacher for group benefits when buying for your class: info@theanswerseries.co.za

3. Follow George Eadie https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeeadie/ or on twitter @GeorgeEadie

4. Follow Sarah Gravett on twitter @GravettSarah
www.theanswer.co.za www.linkedin.com
30
JUN
2021

Ep 3. How should we be thinking about schooling in SA? with Sizwe Nxasana

In the second episode podcast host and TAS CEO, George Eadie, and John Sanei, Futures Strategist, unpacked the future of education in South Africa. This conversation lit up the space of the future of work and sparked some ideas on how we can be thinking about education.

In the third episode George Eadie interviews Sizwe Nxasana, the Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust and founder of the Sifiso Learning Group. Sizwe has earned the right to talk about education as he took the bold step to put his opinions into practice via a school network. Tune in to listen to this insightful interview where Sizwe shares how his passion for education evolved, as well as some of his personal, and very inspiring, experiences along the way. George and Sizwe also discuss the role of schooling and teacher development in South Africa.

TAS would like to thank you for the role you play in developing and improving education in South Africa, not only in our current setting, but also for future generations. The purpose of education and schooling is to realise full potential and enable tools for someone to move freely through different and evolving contexts.

We believe together we can adapt, learn, grow, and fuel the spirit of education in this country. Our learners, parents and teachers need us – let’s work together to impart the gift of confidence in 2021 and beyond.

The links you need to know about:
News Clips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlZ_jqLGMeM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiEUu-Is0Ao
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42GaPDB2iLw

Please visit our website for:
SA’s best-selling study guides
Teacher discounts for study guides
Free e-books for teachers
Free access to Grade 12 videos
Helpful blog resources for learners, parents, teachers and many more exciting things to come.

Follow us on social media for more updates @theanswerseries and follow George Eadie on Twitter on the handle @georgeeadie
news clip 1 news clip 2 news clip 3
14
MAY
2021

Ep 2. What are the (long term) futures in Education in SA?

In the first episode we addressed the question “What is the status of education in South Africa?” It was nevertheless an enlightening and sobering exercise, which left us pondering whether South Africa’s education can be turned around. In the second episode we are therefore addressing the following question: “What is the long-term future of education in SA?”

Tune in as podcast host and TAS CEO, George Eadie, and John Sanei, Futures Strategist, unpack the future of education in South Africa and the challenging, yet very exciting, changes it is continuously facing. They also discuss the important role structure plays in schools and how it is influenced by technology these days.

TAS would like to thank you for the role you play in developing and improving education in South Africa, not only in our current setting, but also for the future generation. Even though the future may often seem uncertain, we hope that together we can adapt, learn, grow, and fuel the spirit of education in this country.

Our learners, parents and teachers need us – let’s work together to impart the gift of confidence in 2021 and beyond.

The links you need to know about:

Peter Diamandis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUm5KURQfkw
0:12 TO 1:09

Sir Ken Robinson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt0rN8Im1I8
3:25 to 3:52

Please visit our website for:
SA’s best-selling study guides
Teacher discounts for study guides
Free e-books for teachers
Free access to Grade 12 videos
Helpful blog resources for learners, parents, teachers and many more exciting things to come.

If there’s anything more you think we can do for you that will make a difference in your classroom, school or at your desk please let us know.

Follow us on social media for more updates @theanswerseries and follow George Eadie on Twitter on the handle @georgeeadie
Sir Ken Robinson clip Peter Diamandis clip
20
APR
2021

Ep1. What is the status of Education in SA?

In this first episode, the question we’re addressing is “What is the status of education in South Africa?”

Tune in as podcast host and TAS CEO, George Eadie and Giles Gillett CEO of New Leaders Foundation unpack the status of education in South Africa, the challenges it’s facing, how covid has impacted it and some proposed solutions for a brighter future. There is hope and there is a way, we’ve just got to do it together.

TAS would like to thank you for the role you play in education in South Africa. We hope that together we can learn, grow and fuel the spirit of education in this country.

Our learners, parents and teachers need us – let’s work together to impart the gift of confidence in 2021 and beyond.

The links you need to know about:

Please visit our website for:
SA’s best-selling study guides
Teacher discounts for study guides
Free e-books for teachers
Free access to Grade 12 videos
Helpful blog resources for learners, parents, teachers and many more exciting things to come.

If there’s anything more you think we can do for you that will make a difference in your classroom, school or at your desk please let us know.

Follow us on social media for more updates @theanswerseries and follow George Eadie on Twitter on the handle @georgeeadie

News clip links:
Reverse basic education budget cuts: 00:39 -00:53
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=890KlDv_QHk
Equal education reacts to Tito Mboweni's budget speech 02:43-03:21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukIkSg5Khyo
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses basic education sector Lekgotla 01:00-02:09
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2r12BLAB4w
Equal education reacts to Tito Mboweni's budget speech 02:43-03:21 President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses basic education sector Lekgotla 01:00-02:09

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