THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY


Jamie, my just turned 12 year old is in Grade 6 – the old Std 4.
So far in SS (Social Sciences) aka – history, he has done mapwork, Population distribution, and Medical Science. Yesterday we started revising for a test and this terms module is …….. The road to democracy in SA since 1910.
It starts with all the who-ha about the establishment of the Union of South Africa, expands into Lois Botha and this racial policies and SANNC retaliation thereof. It then moves into Dr Malans timeframe and where apartheid becomes national policy. It covers the homelands, group areas act and seperate amenities act , the Alexandra Bus Boycott as well as the unsuccessful Freedom Charter. The Sharpville uprisings are covered.

Then things start getting dicey:
The Soweto Risings and the (in) famous photo of Hector Pietersen is covered in depth – I REMEMBER THESE INCIDENTS – Chris Hani, Steve Biko, necklacing, the boycotts of the 80’s these things are all part of my life – JAMIE IS LEARNING IT IN HISTORY.
Now…..Jamie is writing a test on the Road to Democracy, in our house the way we learn is that I set mini-test papers, in the old days we call this Spotting (and yes I am a GOOD spotter) (not as good as Costa was during my Vasity Days – anouther story) and Jamie hopefully learns for the test.
QUESTION 1
What was it called when Dr Malan made it policy in SA that Black, Coloured and Indian people had no rights?
ANSWER – I dont know……….
OK lets change tack here
QUESTION 1(A)
What is Apartheid?
ANSWER – I dont know…..
Now I am getting a little worried – ARE WE BAD PARENTS – that we havent sat our children down and told them about our deep and dark past, or are we good soldiers where no matter what happens we pack the past in our backpacks and move forward.

I decide that it is time for the APARTEID talk – Jamie and Rosie listen to my well prepared tale (as well as a 12 and 9 year old can listen) at the end ……..

Do you have any questions?
Jamie – What was the point Aparteid?
GOOD QUESTION JAMIE
Rosie – What is a Black Person????????????????
GOOD QUESTION ROSIE
In their world colour and discimination DOES NOT EXIST peer groups are categorised according to how nice they are, how polite they are and how clever they are.
In our household the Road to Democracy is an old/unused road – the new freeway that we travel on is easier and more user friendly.
I AM PROUD TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT MY CHILDREN DO NOT KNOW APARTHEID
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