High School History Recap

William H Palk and Colin du Plessis

We are high school teachers who want to uncover the main facts and arguments of topics taught in the history class. Our aim is to connect with passionate and knowledgeable people to enrich and extend the learning experience. We are based in Pretoria, South Africa and teach at a private school. Please post comments and questions on twitter @WilliamHPalk or @C_duPlessis or email us at highschoolhistoryrecap@gmail.com. If you have enjoyed listening, please consider buying us a coffee. Just click on the donate button.
#4 The History of Learning and the Learning of History with Prof Donald Clark
William talks to the learning expert, Donald Clark, about the history of learning theory and about the best way to teach and learn history.Questions covered:Where does Donald’s interest in history come from?How has the way in which we learn changed over time?Why is the invention of writing the “Big Bang” moment of collective learning?Why is the invention of binary or computer language such an important moment in the development of learning?Is collective learning our unique trait?How did technology enable collective learning?Who are the experts in the field of learning?Does AI or machine learning give us any insight into human learning?Would it be possible to have Wikipedia in our heads?Who are the people who have changed our perceptions of learning?What are the major strands in learning theory?Have we arrived at a more scientific approach to understanding learning?What is the connection between learning and teaching?To what extent can the teacher be held responsible for the student's learning?Does critical thinking hold up as an abstract concept?How should we teach history if learning theories are incorporated?Why is it important to make history teaching more concrete?How should history teachers think about online learning design?Why should we let go of Bloom’s taxonomy?Donald’s advice to learn more effectively...You might want to read up on the following people: James Hutton, David C Geary, Daniel Kahneman, James Mark Baldwin, Tommy Flowers, Robin Dunbar, Douglas Engelbart, Clay Shirky, Donald Hebb, Herman Ebbinghaus, Edward Tolman, Albert Bandura, Henry Roediger, Jeffrey D Karpicke, Robert A Bjork, Barak Rosenshine, Robert Marzano, John Hattie, Paul Black and Dylan William.Or just visit Donald's blog here. He is also on twitter @DonaldClark Please let us know what you thought about this episode at highschoolhistoryrecap@gmail.com or find us on twitter: William and Colin.Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q8KGSAT37YCPA&source=url)
Nov 25 2021
1 hr 8 mins
#3 Apartheid Series with Dr Wayne Dooling - Apartheid#2 Apartheid Series with Dr Wayne Dooling - Segregation#1 Apartheid 101 with William Palk#19 D-Day - Operation Overlord with Michael Neiberg#18 Choreomania with Dr Kelina Gotman#17 Dr Abdullah Abdurahman with Stephen Langtry
In this episode William discusses the neglected narrative of Dr Abdullah Abdurahman with Stephen Langtry. Dr Abdullah was South Africa's first elected black politician.Here are some of the questions we look at:·         The life and times of Dr Abdullah·         We discuss Martin Plaut's biography of Dr Abdullah·         Are there many lost figures in South African history?·         Why are some stories remembered at the expense of others?·         What is the balancing point in writing history?·         A short biography of Dr Abdullah·         The friendship between Dr Abdullah and Mahatma Gandhi·         The schools set up by Dr Abdullah·         Some background on District 6 (Was it similar to Sophiatown?)·         Why did Dr Abdullah call it the African Political Organization?·         Was there ever something like a Coloured nationalism?·         Who were some of Dr Abdullah’s contemporaries?·         Does Dr Abdullah deserve more recognition?·         Do we neglect the historical context when we write biographies?·         Being mindful of person, context and contemporaries·         How did 1910 lie the foundation for the politics of the 20th century?·         Why did Dr Abdullah fall out of favor?·         Why is the Western Cape considered an island in South Africa?·         What is the main lesson we can learn from Dr Abdullah’s legacy?Find us on twitter:William H PalkStephen LangtrySupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q8KGSAT37YCPA&source=url)
Jun 17 2021
41 mins
#16 Krotoa with Prof Shanade Barnabas#15 South Africa's Education Mismatch with Dr Precious Mncayi
In this episode William is in conversation with Dr Precious Mncayi about research she has done into South Africa's unemployment crisis.  We have an unemployment rate of at least 29% and it is therefore vital to look at the mismatches between education and the demands of the labour market.Read her article here.Questions asked in this podcast:Is SA facing an unemployment crisis?Is the focus on STEM warranted?How does SA’s unemployment figure compare to other countries?What is the link between STEM fields and economic growth?What are the demands of the labour market?What are the historical explanations for SA’s high unemployment figure?What is meant with education mismatch?Why is there a mismatch between what students set out to study and what they end up doing?SA has the largest share of mismatch workers...What does it mean to be underemployed?Is it still worthwhile to go and study?Are we ignorant about the demands of the labour market?Which factors determine study and career choice? Striking a balance between interest and demand...Where can we get more information on the demands of SA’s labour market?How has SA’s labour market change?Which qualifications have high employment prospects?Should you pursue a degree or a diploma?What about the humanities?Is there a shortage of teachers in SA?What is the average age of teachers in SA?How can high school learners make better subject choices?What should be the main aim of education in schools today?What is government’s role in solving SA’s education mismatch?What is the single most important change we can make to prevent education mismatch?Should psychometric testing determine university admission?Are matric distinctions a guarantee for university success?Resources:www.lmip.org.zawww.lmi-research.org.zaFind us on twitter:William H PalkDr Precious MncayiLet us know what you think:highschoolhistoryrecap@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q8KGSAT37YCPA&source=url)
May 23 2021
52 mins
#14 Ancient Greek Mythology and Religion with Prof Robert Garland#13 San Rock Art with Dr Tim Forssman#12 The Coming of Democracy in South Africa with Justine Naude#11 The Evolution of Skin Colour with Prof Nina Jablonski
"Never stop working for humanity" - Nina JablonskiAmerican anthropologist, Prof Nina Jablonski, joins us to discuss the evolution of skin colour. We discuss the biological concept of race and the social construct of racism. We differentiate between racial categorization and racial identification. Were the ancients indifferent to race? Did you know that neither Carl Linnaeus nor Charles Darwin placed people in a power hierarchy? Philosophers David Hume and Immanuel Kant had definite racist views. What might have been the reason for this? Racism took on its destructive modern form from the 18th century - the heydays of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. Join us to find out whether it's possible to eliminate racial labels. Find us on twitter @WilliamHPalk, @C_duPlessis and @NinaJablonski1.2:50 Why do people have different skin colours?7:40 How did skin colour become a social construct?16:00 Was Linnaeus responsible for laying the foundation of modern racism?20:00 People identify with either a superior or inferior mindset22:30 Racial categorization compared to racial identification26:00 How did racism become so entrenched in human society? 30:30 Can we get rid of racial labels?34:00 Othering does not mean subordination 37:20 Cooperation as an evolutionary strategy37:50 How do we change mindsets and attitudes?39:20 Turning history on its head40:00 Do the "powerful" need to give up their wealth and power?44:10 Humanity's special trait of collective learning45:40 Finding stories of cooperation47:50 What is the link between Darwinism and Social Darwinism and eugenics?53:00 Will genetic engineering play a role in shaping racial attitudes?Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Q8KGSAT37YCPA&source=url)
Mar 21 2021
57 mins
#10 The Causes of the Mfecane with Emma Theron#9 Some more South African History with Ayanda Nenemba of the Ilibo Village Community#8 Bones and Stones Interview#7 Independent Tanzania with Dr Derek R Peterson#6 Undoing the Bushman Stereotype with Dr Tim Forssman#5 Film and History with Dr Nisa Paleker#4 The Treaty of Versailles with Michael Neiberg