Monday, October 26, 2009

Cherry Trees

When fighting breaks out between Pakistan and India the villagers of northern Pakistan are forced to flee to a refugee camp located in an unpleasant and inhospitable location. Before building the school in Korphe, Greg Mortenson had to build a bridge, and in this instance, Mortenson has to build "the first uplift water scheme in the history of northern Pakistan" (Mortenson and Relin 221).

What do the cherry trees symbolize for the people of Gultori?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Red Velvet Box

Why does Mortenson feel that "CAI schools should educate students only up through the fifth grade and focus on increasing the enrollment of girls" (Mortenson and Relin 209)? And, what does this say about Pakistani society?

Why do you think the U.S. requires student education to the 12th grade? And, what does this say about our society?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Equilibrium

In Three Cups of Tea, what does the "planet's relentless march towards equilibrium" teach Dr. Hoerni and Greg Mortenson?

How does your life reflect equilibrium?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Windows Home

After six days of captivity, Greg Mortenson tears up when he studies a water pik ad in a 17-year-old copy of Time magazine. Three generations of an American family are standing under the tag line, "A smile should be more than a memory" (Mortenson and Relin 169).

How are a culture's advertisements the "windows home" (Mortenson and Relin 168)?