Friday, August 27, 2010

Education seen through the lens of the children of Korphe and students at New Trier

Discussion centered on Quotations from Three Cups of Tea and our own motivations for education vis a vis the New Trier motto.

p.32 "Can you imagine a fourth grade class in america, alone, without a teacher sitting there quietly and working on their lessons?"

p. 149 "And I remember thinking, if I go to school, maybe one day I can become distinguished, too."

p. 207 "Shakeela is the first girl in all the Hushe Valley to be granted the privilege of a higher education....And now, all the girls of Hushe look up to her her."

p. 209 "Once you educate the boys they tend to leave the villages...But the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they've learned.  If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygience and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls."

p. 257 "I implore you to dedicate your full effort and commitment to see that all your children are educated. Otherwise, they will merely graze like sheep in the field, at the mercy of nature and the world changing so terrifyingly around us."

p. 312 "Before I met you Dr. Greg, I had no idea what education was," Jahan said, refilling his teacup. "But now I think it is like water. It is important for everything in life."

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