THE CONTROVERSY AROUND APARTHEID –CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE HISTORY TEACHER
The British had SlaveryThe Germans had NazismThe Americans had SegregationSouth Africa had Apartheid
F.W DE KLERK AND PROF GILIOMEE In his column, Jan-Jan Joubert, political journalist of Rapport accused Prof Giliomee of “glorifying” of Apartheid.
No cheap emotionalism!"History has demonstrated that the mostnotable winners usually encounteredheart-breaking obstacles before theytriumphed. They won because they refusedto become discouraged by their defeats."B.C. Forbes
APARTHEID’S MUSEUM… To what extent should a society (SA)remember or forget its past? Does Historyeducation have a role to play in peace andreconciliation? Can it become a vehicle forteaching the values and skills ofdemocracy?
Teachers in post-conflict societies are expectedto teach new attitudes and values. However,our identities have been shaped by ourparticular experiences under Apartheid andwithout …..???, we will struggle to be thetransformative agents that the new (SA)society demands we become.
APARTHEID1. Engage History teachers with personal legaciesof apartheid2. Challenge History teachers to teach a difficultpast through understanding their own apartheidexperience,3. Encourage students to become caring andcommitted citizens of the new South Africandemocracy.
ELASTOPLAST?…we still struggle to find closure onmany issues related to the past. This is inpart because the wounds are still raw. It isalso because we have difficultyacknowledging the depths of our trauma.(Mamphele Ramphele, 2008)
APPEAL FOR A VERDICTFailure to achieve consensus onthe hurt of Apartheid spellsdefeat for our country and ourbeloved subject”