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Teaching the "Native": Behind the Architecture of an Unequal Educational System

Joseph Daniel Reilly
Teaching the "Native": Behind the Architecture of an Unequal Educational System
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2514-5
2016/300 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press


"In 2015 South African universities exploded. Statues fell, students protested, and the entire edifice of South African education was thrown into question. Teaching the Native provides an invaluable historical explanation for the controversies that currently bedevil South African education. Artfully written, with a keen eye for historical nuance and detail, Joseph Reilly takes us on an epic journey through the history of South African educational policy, demonstrating the global and transnational connections between the South African university and British imperialism and American racism. He deftly weaves a story of how education, far from being a neutral 'technocratic' solution to inequality, has actually played a key role in creating societies structured in dominance. His analysis, which demonstrates that the present dissatisfaction within the South African academy is a predictable outcome of its history, also provides a valuable blueprint for how to rebuild South African education in the 21st century. It is a 'must read' for activists, policymakers, students, academics, and politicians. "—Zine Magubane, Boston College


Joseph Daniel Reilly is a scholar and activist. He joined the anti-apartheid movement during the National Union of Mineworkers strike in 1986, organizing conferences, speaking, writing and researching during the anti-apartheid and post-apartheid era.


  • Introduction.
  • Anthropology and Education.
  • The Bourgeois Turn: The Nursery of Milner's Kindergarten.
  • South Africa Before 1900.
  • Removing the Gloves in the New Century: The Education Debates.
  • The Two USAs.
  • Charles Templeman Loram: Forefather of Bantu Education.
  • The Alliance for Regress.
  • Functionalism and the International Institute of African Langues and Cultures: Whoring for Empire.
  • Resistances: The Struggle for Education.
  • Conclusions.