Well intentioned. Misses the mark because 1) based on charity not sowing and reaping, 2) based on assumption that elite must give to poor, 3) teaches elite maybe but never the poor, 4) fails because it frustrates the few givers.
Futility of government programs. Answer is not to bash government programs. The answer is to put in place programs based on principle and faith that do work. Then, where possible, replicate the success.
For instance, Pandurang Shastri Vaijnath Athavale’s Swadhyay Movement is an example of a movement where the poor themselves led their change without charity, and with only the catalyst of extraordinarily low cost intervention: visitors’ questions. Disciples were to visit the poor, but not beg from them as was common, and merely ask them questions. From this, the poor communities worked together to create temples where they shared farming or fishing knowledge, contribute toward a temple storehouse that was then used as charity, disaster relief, or risk management. Thus the entire community was lifted, leadership gained, and effort rewarded.
Another example of great stride in education is the homeschool movement. With no public outlay and certainly variable outlay inhomes, extraoridnary out-performance has been achieved — often in the very strata of society where it might be least expected.
When do we see poor minorities and affluent Euro-Americans working together, instead of being thrown together temporarily only to entrench separate feeling? Is it not churches — like mega-churches where a faith (read empowerment) message is taught?
Bless the folks at Teach for America; I guess much good is going on. I surely am in no position to parse all of the ins and outs of that, as I am not a public school person. I do, however, want to build a vision for those of us who are willing to work with faith, vision, and innovation for a movement that is self-sustaining, real, not based on hand-outs or government, and that changes everything.
What they are saying….
How could this session be improved? No, this was perfect actually. Loved that it allowed for discussion.
“Knowledge of presenter is outstanding; makes it easy to sit through training.”
“Very helpful to use in my classroom.”
“I enjoyed Sharon’s enthusiasm, eagerness to connect with her audience and her down to earth personality that really brought forth new tactics in teaching, but also interesting insights to people skills in all! I will implement much of her lesson into my classroom as well as my home and personal life.”
“I love love loved the tidbits of the history of teaching you included…. I would love to dig deeper into how … education has changed and [talk about how to] “get back to basics.”
What did you like best about this seminar? She had an emphasis on Christ centered education. (This was in a church affiliated preschool.)
What did you like best?
- Where to find books [relating to] morals.
- Plenty of time for discussion was given.
- Explanation of the class which I could understand well.
- Learning how to incorporate values into our planning.
What I like to hear most, and often do: “We want to have you back. When can you come? “
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