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Author: Jonathan D Jansen
Publisher: Northcliff, South Africa : Bookstorm : Pan Macmillan, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Jansen, Jonathan D.
We need to talk.
(DLC) 2011448159
(OCoLC)729702442
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan D Jansen
ISBN: 9781920434762 1920434763
OCLC Number: 873841731
Notes: "Articles previously published as columns in The times"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (270 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction; The rainbow in the rain; Talk About Schools; Impossible without a dramatic intervention; Zim can teach us a thing or two; Matric exams not 'do or die'; How to start fixing our schools; The language of enthusiasm; Something familiar in Flanders; Walk on through the wind; Those who can't, shouldn't teach; The kids are going to be okay; Practice makes perfect pupils; The enduring legacy of OBE; Matric exam failing the test; Happy schools aren't a myth; The Lord of the Flies' legions; New school of thinking needed. Star awards: The rebel allianceThe parlous state of our nation; Ethembeni breaks the mould; Learn us how to talk proper; From gangland to campus; Nun so good in a classroom; Sinking deeper into mediocrity; Talk About Universities; Don't kid yourself about BAs; Travel does a world of good; Race holds us back after class; Don't look back in anger; How 'journalism' sets us back; Catch 'em young, send 'em up; Is it the journey that matters?; Young lives hang in the balance; Another future in our hands; Varsities in fight for standards; Something has got to give; Me first, and then maybe you. Talk About LeadershipYou ran a good race, Bra Si; Arch: Always thinking ahead; From a boy to his old man; Leadership comes from within; Ask not for whom Bill toils; The sound of your own voice; At the crossroads once more; Learn to escape the parent trap; Talk About Society; Little Spirit; Tribal lines still firmly drawn; No playing the race card right; Mixed messages; Our broken promises; The violence within us; I am a foreigner --
to hatred; We're opening up our history; Being respectful is a choice; Take care, life is full of surprises; Vulgarity tip of amoral iceberg. Sing of life, or sing of deathIncapacitated by incompetents; Cast these bitter songs aside; Our troubles are still skin deep; Talk About Sport and The 2010 World Cup; Cup brings out our true colours; Sepp says 'Collect that rubbish!'; Even Sowetans get the Blues; Why I'm no patriotic diehard; Jansen shoots ... he scores!; More good than bad in SA; Epilogue; Reconciliation nights.
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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. All the royalties from this book will go to the No Student Hungry campaign at the University of the Free State.

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