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

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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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Contents

1 A Discovery in India
1
2 That Was No Discovery After All
21
3 A Puff of Logic Nigeria
33
4 The Shifting Goalposts Ghana
53
5 The Logically Impossible China
81
6 A Kenyan Conundrumand Its Solution
103
7 Poor Ignoramuses
127
8 An Inspector Calls
149
9 Old Monk and Young Nuns on Motorbikes
169
10 Making Enemies with Joy Beside Me
189
11 The Men Who Uprooted the Beautiful Tree
211
12 Educating Amaretch
245
Postscript
275
References
277
Index
293
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