Posted on January 10, 2009
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42 responses to “Books: ‘Three Cups of Tea’ for Education”

  1. Hina says:

    I would love a followup post on Greg’s new book “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan”
    I have just finished it and am very curious to see fellow members take on it.

  2. Here is my very cautious post on Mortenson.

    Waiting to have a cup of tea with Greg Mortensen

    Approaching Greg Mortenson from a distance you would first encounter a very large circle of glossy advertising material featuring poor but fair-complexioned, photogenic children learning in schools built by the Central Asia Institute (CAI), Mortenson’s non-profit organization; you would then meet a huge readership of ‘Three Cups of Tea’, Mortenson’s bestselling book; and then there would be singers singing the ‘Three Cups of Tea’ song; and then finally you would meet the inner circle of diehard Mortenson fans holding their guru in the highest esteem. Being mesmerized by this setup it is easy to forget an important tenet of journalism i.e., take a fresh, unbiased, independent look at the subject.

    After attending two programs in the San Francisco Bay Area that featured Greg Mortenson, I made a list of things to do, before I would write a newspaper report on Mortenson and his excellent work:
    1. Call the office of Central Asia Institute in Pakistan and ask them a few questions.
    2. Read independent reports in the Pakistani newspapers on Mortenson’s work.
    3. Meet Pakistanis who have visited schools built by Mortenson and have talked to the villagers about the impact the schools are having.

    I must confess to my readers that I failed in all three of the above. My call to the Central Asia Institute about their office telephone numbers in Pakistan is still unanswered (CAI’s web site does not provide that information). The Pakistani English newspaper reports I have read so far all derive information from western sources which in turn rely on information provided in the book ‘Three Cups of Tea’ or obtained from Mortenson’s interviews. Search Google in Urdu for Mortenson and you would find two (2) links on Mortenson