A personal journey into how the world's poorest people are educating themselves
Author: James Tooley
Publisher: Cato Institute
Category: Political Science
Upon its release several years ago, The Beautiful Tree was instantly embraced and praised by individuals and organizations across the globe. James Tooley's extraordinary ability to braid together personal experience, community action, individual courage, and family devotion, brought readers to the very heart of education. This book follows Tooley in his travels from the largest shanty town in Africa to the mountains of Gansu, China, and of the children, parents, teachers, and entrepreneurs who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and learning to save themselves. Now in paperback with a new postscript, The Beautiful Tree is not another book lamenting what has gone wrong in some of the world's poorest communities. It is a book about what is going right, and powerfully demonstrates how the entrepreneurial spirit and the love of parents for their children can be found in every corner of the globe.
Although his elegant neighbors do not appreciate his efforts, Mr. Crockett, a kind old man, transforms his rundown house and a small neglected pine tree into the best on the street, in a story which gently captures the true meaning of Christmas. Reprint.
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Being a Collection of Helpful Hints and Suggestions from the Most Eminent Teachers and Writers Regarding the Cultivation and Production of the Fruits of Christian Living: Charity, Faith, Hope, Holiness, Humility, Joy, Love, Patience, Temperance, Truth, Virtue, Wisdom to which are Added Original Articles on the Model Christian Man, the Model Woman and the Model Sunday-school Scholar
When it was first published (in 1991), Political Agenda of Education was hailed as an outstanding contribution to educational theory. This thoroughly revised edition sharpens the focus and explanatory range of the original framework. In particular, the author has incorporated the complex terrain of gender and girls` education while bringing in a more nuanced discussion of caste as a factor of equality in educational opportunity. The book is divided into two parts. Part I analyzes the circumstances surrounding the establishment of a colonial system of educational administration and the implications it had for both teaching and curriculum. Part II locates educational reform within the dynamics of the three major quests of the freedom struggle: the demand for equal participation in education by the lower castes; the quest for self-identity; and the idea of progress. Krishna Kumar uses the history of ideas to develop insights which are highly relevant for the challenges facing the system of education in India and the rest of South Asia today.