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cold feet

As I embark upon this insane journey, I cant help but wonder if I am ever going to make a teeny tiny dent in the world of education. I wonder what would have a greater effect; my attempt to change an ingrained paradigm at the root, or befriending one child, teaching her everything I know, and watching her become someone good.

I imagine all I have worked towards until today is the foundation upon which I will jump into this vast ocean. Exploring the world of education, without as much as an ounce of teacher under my belt, but rather a deep seeded desire to become one who will serve them.

I wonder why all the researchers and educators before me who have wet their feet with this same passion and mindset have struggled to find the light. Have we been looking in the wrong places? Has our equation to hope been misguided? Or is there simply no other option but to wait and see?

What I know is, it’s not an option to wait around and see what comes for the one billion children in poverty today.

So, into the ocean we go- off to see the wonderful world of…people.

-Shabnam

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  1. etan

    wow how fascinating!

    Aug 25, 2010 @ 3:37 am


  2. Priya

    You are the world to these children.

    Sep 06, 2010 @ 5:06 am


  3. sola long

    You are awesome my dear sister!!! Want to be like you…:)

    Sep 17, 2010 @ 4:20 pm


  4. Varun

    Shabnam,

    In my opinion, if you want to make a great effect, please try to not make the mistake educators and researchers have made all their life: containing their learnings to themselves, and their papers, and their books. Spread every piece of information you attain and ensure that people from different spheres are reading what you see everyday. When you share all this rich information, these individuals will allow you to transform it into knowledge that will be valuable to you. Promote discussion of your learnings among these individuals, and see that wild and crazy ideas you get. I am not suggesting that these wild ideas will be any good – they will actually be so senseless, that they will allow you to understand why people (educators, thinkers, business leaders) are unable to see what you are experiencing. Your approach is great – learning about failures. But you constantly need to entertain yourself with the stupidity of individuals like me who do not know the real situation. And when this happens, you will get an undisputed chance to explain to us individuals why we do not think correctly, and how we do not take into consideration all those things that really matter.

    The day you get this chance, and are able to convince us why we do it wrong, and how you would rather do it differently, you will be amazed by how you will be able to bring out the soft problems we fail to consider everyday.

    Learn by teaching us, Shabnam. Good luck! We are proud of you :)

    Nov 24, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

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