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WHAT MATTERS NOW

CJ Westerberg, December 14, 2009 2:09 PM

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A chapter excerpt from the book, by John Wood:

Ripple
Education has a ripple effect. 
One drop can
initiate a cascade of possibility, each concentric
circle gaining in size and traveling further.
If you get education right, you get many things
right:  escape from poverty, better family health,
and improved status of women.
 
Educate a girl, and you educate her children and
generations to follow.
 
Yet for hundreds of millions of kids in the
developing world, the ripple never begins. Instead,
there's a seemingly inescapable whirlpool of
poverty. In the words of a headmaster I once met
in Nepal:   "We are too poor to afford education. 
  
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. 
The second best time is now.

 
John Wood is Founder & Executive Chairman, Room to Read,
which has built over 850 schools and opened over 7,500 libraries
serving 3 million children.  He is the author of "Leaving Microsoft
to Change the World."
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    I am a grandfather with more time to be involved with my grandkids than I did with their father. This includes their education and the Daily Riff gives me so much to think about and to act upon. The wonderful thing is that so many of my contemporaries are of the same persuasion so we talk about the RIff over coffee instead of just football. We all thank you for your contribution to our interests and ask you to keep up the informative work.

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