The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into how the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves (Google eBook)

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Cato Institute, 2009 - Business & Economics - 302 pages
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Everyone from Bono to the United Nations is looking for a miracle to bring schooling within reach of the poorest children on Earth. James Tooley found one hiding in plain sight. While researching private schools in India for the World Bank, and worried he was doing little to help the poor, Tooley wandered into the slums of Hyderabad's Old City. Shocked to find it overflowing with tiny, parentfunded schools filled with energized students, he set out to discover if schools like these could help achieve universal education. Named after Mahatma Gandhi's phrase for the schools of pre-colonial India, The Beautiful Tree recounts Tooley's journey from the largest shanty town in Africa to the hinterlands of Gansu, China. It introduces readers to the families and teachers who taught him that the poor are not waiting for educational handouts. They are building their own schools and educating themselves.

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Review: The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves

User Review  - Murray - Goodreads

I think this book has an important message. Rather than write another lengthy article let me refer you to Skylar Burris' comprehensive book review. I agree with her observation that the book has good ... Read full review

Review: The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves

User Review  - Xavier - Goodreads

James Tooley writes about his journey into how the world's poorest people are educating themselves in his book, The Beautiful Tree. While I was in Mumbai I use to attend couple of activities with a ... Read full review


1 A Discovery in India
2 That Was No Discovery After All
3 A Puff of Logic Nigeria
4 The Shifting Goalposts Ghana
5 The Logically Impossible China
6 A Kenyan Conundrumand Its Solution
7 Poor Ignoramuses
8 An Inspector Calls
9 Old Monk and Young Nuns on Motorbikes
10 Making Enemies with Joy Beside Me
11 The Men Who Uprooted the Beautiful Tree
12 Educating Amaretch

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About the author (2009)

James Tooley is a professor of education policy at Newcastle University. There he is the director of the E. G. West Centre, which is dedicated to choice, competition, and entrepreneurship in education. Fresh out of college in the early 1980s, Tooley went to Zimbabwe to become a public school teacher. Now an award-winning scholar featured in PBS and BBC documentaries, he has written several books including "The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey Into How the World's Poorest People Are Educating Themselves", and his work has been covered in "Newsweek", the "Atlantic", the "Wall Street Journal", and the "Financial Times". He was a professor in leading universities in England, Canada, and South Africa, and also lived in Hyderabad, India, where he worked with the entrepreneurs and teachers who inspired his research.

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