James Tooley • TEDxRuhrUniversityBochum
Education. War. Peace.
Most of us would say education is important. Here, as in every other country. But not for everyone a well-organized school system is as natural as to us. Yet, the accepted wisdom about education in war-torn countries also says that, as soon as possible, universal government education should be introduced. This includes a proper Ministry of Education, the same as in any other country. Wouldn’t our first instinct be to agree? What could be the alternative? When we hear the term “private school”, it mostly sounds expensive and elitist to us. But for James Tooley, low-cost private schools are a key solution to the problem of providing education to the poor, especially in countries ravaged by war. Unfortunately this form of school, which is ubiquitous, clearly preferred by the poor, affordable to them and better value for money, is often seen only as a temporary expedient. Tooley is here to change our perspective on government and private education. Learn about the advantages of low-cost private schools and their power to change society in war-torn countries! James Tooley is a prize-winning author, education professor and entrepreneur, working in low-cost private education globally. His book, The Beautiful Tree (Penguin), won the Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Prize, and his ground-breaking research on low-cost private education was awarded gold prize in the first IFC/FT Private Sector Development Competition. His work was featured in documentaries on American PBS television and the BBC.