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We Need to Talk [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Jansen
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Book Description

‘Ways of speaking can help heal or they can provoke; they can inflame passions or settle nerves.’Professor Jonathan Jansen is fast becoming a household name in South Africa for his critical and, at times, inconvenient voice. In this collection of articles previously published in The Times Jansen highlights the issues that confront our country – the issues we need to talk about. With humour, humility, occasional anger and a good dose of common sense Jansen discusses education, race and identity, the state of our nation, leadership and even sport. When asked what the secret of his controversial columns is, he answers, ‘A good column upsets half of your readers; the secret is that it should be a different half each time.’Jansen takes his inspiration from a diverse group of people – statesmen, teachers, students, children and everyday South Africans he meets – and introduces us to them through these stories to bring us a vision of the South Africa we can build, if only we pull together and work to heal the wounds of the past.A book to make you stop and think … and then talk about his ideas around the dinner table, in the staffroom, in the classroom or on the bus.

Product Details

  • File Size: 365 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bookstorm; 1 edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CHI3F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good advise February 21, 2013
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Prof Jansen (as he is endearingly called here in SA) has earned the right to air his views by the example he sets as a responsible citizen of this country. Very good advise given in an easy to read style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVE Jonathan Jansen's books August 29, 2014
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I absolutely LOVE Jonathan Jansen's books. He is such an inspiration to me, like most of his students, I imagine. I have read some of his past pupils books as well.
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More About the Author

Jonathan Jansen is Vice Chancellor and Rector of the University of the Free State and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations. He holds a PhD from Stanford University, the MS degree from Cornell University, and honorary doctorates of education from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Cleveland State University (USA), and the University of Vermont (USA, 2014). He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Science of the Developing World. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past (Stanford 2009) was listed as one of the best books of that year by the American Libraries Association. His new book, Schools that Work, uses video-documentaries to capture what happens inside disadvantaged schools which nevertheless produce the best results in physical science and mathematics in South Africa. He also writes popular books like Great South African Teachers (with two students), We need to talk, and We need to act (2013); and is a columnist for The Times and Die Burger. He recently was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California for his contributions to tolerance, democracy and human rights.


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