James Tooley, author of ‘The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves,’ chats with ‘hardcore libertarian’ Tom Woods Jr. @ TomWoods.com + LA ROSA

Published September 10, 2014 by goyodelarosa

 

How Private Schools Educate the Poor – September 09, 2014
James Tooley, author of The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People Are Educating Themselves, defies the conventional wisdom about education, the poor, and the state.

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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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