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Title:Christian national education (CNE) and people's education (PE): historical perspectives and some broad common grounds
Authors:Van Eeden, E.S.
Vermeulen, L.M.
Periodical:New contree: a journal of historical and human sciences for Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:educational philosophy
Abstract:A recognition of the legitimate origins of the idea of Christian national education in a people's struggle for freedom does not mean endorsing the idea as such. Especially in its later development, it seems that the Christian national idea in South Africa took on wholly unacceptable features. For those who identify with the people's education movement, the Christian national idea will be a symbol of the system of oppression against which they now struggle. This makes it difficult for them to appreciate its origins in an earlier struggle against oppression that closely paralleled their own. A closer comparative look at Christian national education in South Africa since 1878, but especially from 1902, and the urge for people's education from 1985, but specifically after 1994, reveals grounds common to both these models/forms of education. The struggle of both was inspired by the need to provide education regarded as trustworthy for 'our people' and/or 'our nation'. Other common grounds relate to white consciousness and black consciousness, political struggle, language struggle, cultural identity, educational independence, financial struggle, underlying religious motives/principles and underlying Westernized principles. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]