Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Women's Education

Sophomore year. For most American high school students the year means nothing. No special attention like freshmen. No prom like the juniors and seniors. No graduation. No ring ceremony. Nothing.

So why is sophomore year so significant for women?

Greg Mortensen, author of Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reveals the facts:

"According to Yale economist Paul T. Schultz, an extra year of secondary school may raise [a] girl's lifetime wages by an additional 15 to 25 percent" (12). *

Who knew sophomore year was actually so important?

Get involved: 
-Visit Mortenson's site to learn more about the schools he is establishing and their benefits
-Visit the Central Asia Institute's site to learn more about their cause and contributions
-Visit Pennies for Peace a site established for school children to learn how a penny can make a difference

Read about it:
-Pick up a copy of Stones into Schools

* Mortenson, Greg. Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print. 

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