A lesson in power and privilege

This article discusses how the "we-ness" factor entrenched by student initiation at universities may clash with cultural identity. The recent debates about selected practices associated with the orientation and introduction programme of the North-West University's (NWU's) Potchefstroom campus have been conducted in typical media style — sensational, selective reporting tending towards persuasion rather than reflection. More broadly, this newspaper article seeks too discover what these practices say about the academy, NWU or, more widely, about higher education in South Africa. What do they suggest about intellectual work by students and academics, who collectively share a responsibility to cultivate knowledge and create an open and multiculturally diverse society [20 March 2014]

Mail & Guardian Online
Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
Author: Balfour, R.
Year of Publishing: 2014
Keywords: Higher education, Student initiation, Cultural identity, North-West University, Monoculturalism