Book Review – Great South African Teachers

Great South African Teachers by Jonathan Jansen (Bookstorm and Pan Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-920434-24-3

Jonathan Jansen is an educationalist and a realist. Everyone has a disaster story about South Africa’s education system. He is outspoken about the state of South African system.

Jansen has compiled these stories as a celebration of the teacher who has made a difference to the lives of their pupils. These teachers show passion about education and their pupils. Each story is an inspiration. Great South African Teachers is a ray of light amidst depressing matric results and unprofessional behaviour of teachers.

This book is not a cover-to-cover read. The stories are short and easy to read. Jansen has categorised the teachers into seven categories. For example, the first category: The Subject Artist shows how teachers have influenced the career decision of a learner.

The stories reflect the diversity of South African schools: from small schools, rural schools to traditional schools. Readers will recognise the names of many of the schools. Some of these teachers may even be recognisable.

Perhaps photographs of teachers or schools could have been included. It would have made the book a little more personal.

It is a book worth buying. The royalties of this book will go towards providing bursaries for pre-service student teachers.

Ulrike Hill

Posted on: 24th April 2012