Extract When my son and his family decided to leave SA for a teaching assignment in New Zealand, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, this is the reality of work in a global economy; young people are much more likely than their parents to work for firms in other parts of the world. Nor is it a bad thing for youth to travel and experience other cultures and learn in other contexts. On the other hand, more and more of our most talented young professionals are leaving to escape some of the harsh realities of post-apartheid SA and we need to talk about that. Of course, I am biased as a father, but my son is an exceptional educational psychologist who in his short working life has been devoted to serving children with learning disabilities. His wife is one of the most creative and talented teachers of young children, bringing as she does expertise from the arts to foundation-phase classrooms. They share degrees from leading SA universities, a major investment of public and personal fun...

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