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Destination: Education

CJ Westerberg, September 17, 2010 9:36 AM

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Previously published 3/10 The Daily Riff

"Teach for the World would be a one-year program
placing young Americans in schools in developing countries. . ."


Brilliant idea from Nicholas Kristof here.

". . . Peace Corps and Teach for America represent the best ethic of public service. But at a time when those programs can't meet the demand from young people seeking to give back, we need a new initiative: Teach for the World.

In my mind, Teach for the World would be a one-year program placing young Americans in schools in developing countries. The Americans might teach English or computer skills, or coach basketball or debate teams. . .

 . . .Teach for the World also would be an important education initiative for America itself. Fewer than 30 percent of Americans have passports, and only one-quarter can converse in a second language. And the place to learn languages isn't an American classroom but in the streets of Quito or Dakar or Cairo. . .

 . . .American universities are belatedly recognizing how provincial they are and are trying to get more students abroad. Goucher College in Baltimore requires foreign study, and Princeton University has begun a program to help incoming students go abroad for a gap year before college.
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