Our Students, Our Philanthropists

Recently I read a post by  George Gouros who wrote,

“I haven’t had the time to read anything, and usually through reading, I am inspired to write.”

This resonated with me.  I, too, find that I often start discussions with, “This reminds me of the book I’m reading…” or “I read something interesting…” It seems that I find connections to education in almost everything I read. Through reading I am inspired to talk deeply with others.

Lately, I have been reading the fascinating book by Jacqueline Novogratz, The Blue Sweater. Novogratz was asked by the Rockefeller Foundation to evolve philanthropy. To use their money to make a difference. As I read, I realized that our students are the philanthropists of our world. Their potential is their wealth, and they are overflowing with potential. Read the following excerpt from The Blue Sweater. As you read, insert ‘students‘ for ‘philanthropists‘.

“What kind of programme can you create that would provide not only skills but also a spectrum of experiences that will enable philanthropists to understand issues and see themselves as part of the solution.

We would train a core of philanthropists and provide them with the skills, knowledge and networks needed to tackle tough problems. We knew our effort would be global, we would dive into many different issues and explore what had worked historically as well as what might be needed for the future.”

We need to create an educational environment for our class of philanthropists in which they see themselves as part of the solution. 

By Jacqueline Novogratz
By Jacqueline Novogratz

2 thoughts on “Our Students, Our Philanthropists

  1. Marina,
    I am just getting geared up to host some students from Mexico in a French Immersion class. I have recently been inspired by a TED Talk by Sugata Mitra about the Big Questions. Also, starting a reading program where my students do Read Alouds via webcam for students worldwide.
    I haven’t read The Blue Sweater but will order it! I am so energized by this idea of the Big Questions too, and use them to start each week in my Math program! So fun to hear you are exploring the same idea!



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