Category: Education

Society and Education

As a member of UNESCO’s International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, I’ve come to realize that education is about much more than books. It’s about the “four pillars of…

Noel McGinn’s Life of Learning

Noel McGinn, professor of education, had a normal American childhood in a small, sleepy town directly south of Miami-but 1200 miles south and across the Caribbean, in the Panama Canal Zone…

Latino Families and the Educational Dream

Insisting that we do our interview in English, Ricardo Robles reluctantly recalls the dreams he had for his children when first arriving nine years ago to the U.S. from Zacatecas, Mexico.” They…

Harvard Immigration Project

A refrigerator is the most important thing in life, the 10-year-old immigrant child reported in a matter-of-fact sort of way…

Gender and Education

In terms of sheer numbers, girls in Latin American schools aren’t in such bad shape compared to other areas of the world. They have gained what is termed “gender parity”-girls are as likely as…

Education Through Photography

From 1995 to 1997, more than 80 Latino children in Philadelphia’s barrio participated in City Clickers, a photography and creative writing program that I created and implemented with the…

Education in Latin America

Whenever one asks about ways of struggling against impossible odds in Latin America, one is told not to worry because no”hay mal que dure cien anos” (no evil lasts one hundred years). The…

Education and Poverty in Latin America

More Latin Americans are living in poverty than twenty years ago, despite the region’s economic growth. The poor generally are still illiterate or barely literate. What is worse is that their children…

DRCLAS Outreach A New Venture

A high school student from Haiti explains the meaning of vodou to a fellow classmate from China. Three Harvard undergraduates gather a group of eager kindergarteners to play a game in…

Colombia: Teacher and School Incentives

You can bring the horse to water, but you can’t make him drink,” goes the old saying. Education planners and reformers often find the adage all too true when they try to implement plans…

Brazil: Community Participation

A very poor, black mother in a fringe neighborhood in Porto Alegre, Brazil, drew herself up with pride as she told me about her recent meeting with the Mayor to discuss the problems of…

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