Amidst all the concerns about race, conflict, and intolerance in South African higher education, there is a simple but important message in this research into student attitudes and perspectives: in essence, many students are seeing the world through the single prism of their own experience – their own, and that of those ‘like’ them – rather than through a sense of common citizenship or a wider sense of cross-cultural tolerance and understanding.

This is hardly surprising in the context of a South Africa which remains profoundly divided by race, class and ethnicity, but it speaks volumes to the role that universities can and should be playing in fostering a sense of critical but shared citizenship and nationhood.

via South African ‘born free’ students see the world through the prism of race – Times LIVE.

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