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    Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy By: John Wood John Wood, former Microsoft executive, left all of his money and power to begin a quest for global literacy. To achieve this goal, he founded a charity called Room To Read. With this organization, Wood has built libraries, funded children's educations, published books in native languages that do not have any books in their language to begin with, and has done much more to reach his end goal of global literacy. So far, he has helped over six million kids in Asia and Africa. This second book in his two book series shares stories of the people Room To Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by natural disaster or war, and girls whose education would otherwise be ignored. This touching book tells the captivating tale of one man's mission to put books within every child's reach. Growing Gaps: Educational Inequality Around the World By: Paul ...
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    Mother's Day is a particularly momentous day for education as well as for mothers. The two topics are intimately intertwined. I'll start this piece off with a personal story. Like many other Americans who emigrated from other countries, I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the educational opportunities I've had. 99% of this was due to my parents' sacrifice, and in particular, my mother's. My dad had to re-do his Master's degree while also pursuing his Doctorate in New York. This was nearly six years of time during which my mother worked odd jobs and double shifts. Also during this time, she was the one picking me up from the bus stop, monitoring my schoolwork, and organizing communal "homework time" with neighbors' kids. Everything my sister, father, and I ever achieved was sparked by her devotion and grown by her love. She pushed my academic achievements beyond limits I internally defined and helped me realize the true value of educat...