Thursday, January 3, 2008

Three Cups of Tea Post 7-B

Over the course of the book, I was surprised at the number of times that Mortenson claimed to be educating specifically girls, or at least emphasizing them. It is true that educating girls is quite important. They are mostly responsible for raising and teaching the children, and therefore their knowledge will have a large impact. However, many boys are currently educated at primarily the Wahhabi madrassa schools in Pakistan, which teach hatred of the West (244; ch. 19). If this is true, isn't it very important to provide other possible schools for boys? After all, when you hear of someone who goes out with a plane or helicopter and commits suicide terror, it's usually a man (although recently more women have done so because they are less suspected by security).

Jahan, Haji Ali’s granddaughter, was very outgoing trying to get Dr. Greg to give her money to begin medical training. As the news reporter Fedarko said, “It was one of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my life… Here comes this teenage girl, in the center of a conservative Islamic village, waltzing into a circle of men, breaking through about sixteen layers of traditions at once” (300; ch. 22). Mortenson also seems ecstatic about this. I personally am not a fan of Islam or traditions. However, I have a feeling that Jahan doesn’t have enough perspective. “’I want to be a... “Superlady,”’ she said defiantly, daring anyone, any man, to tell her she couldn’t” (313; ch. 22).

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