How many of you owe your matric maths and science marks to the superlative teaching of William Smith — the Knysna-based retired teacher who did his lessons on the SABC’s Learning Channel in the 1990s? He was honoured last year with the Order of the Baobab for his services to education by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Today, the biggest lesson that Smith offers us is how to use his groundbreaking teaching methods to avert a crisis in education...

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