by Malcolm Ray and Vuyo Jack
Free Fall unpacks current student and higher education protests by tracing education history and policies put in place during colonial, segregationist and apartheid South Africa. Written in a compelling style that defies the boundaries of traditional education and history titles. A must-read for students, parents, government, business people and educationists.
Free Fall recounts how and why the present education crisis has become the leading cause for black university students. Probing deep beneath the surface of the crisis, the book reveals uncomfortable truths about colonial and apartheid education, and traces the tangled web of connections between foreign and domestic business interests, the apartheid government, and the role of universities in propping up a white elite and coopting a subservient black class to their cause. It brings to life the people and ideas that, over a century-and-a-half, have created a perfect storm for the present crisis in higher education.