Girls and the Diversity of Education

I had originally found this article titled “50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World” last spring, and shared it on my personal Facebook page. As the article focuses on, there are still 65 million girls that are not in school and that research shows that having girls become educated can save millions of lives, allowing the amount of child deaths to decrease, for women to make more money, and become less likely to be a child bride. This article celebrates girls going to school and demonstrates the diversity of schooling around the world. This article does in fact clearly show that not all educational settings are the same, and the photographs are effective in proving that. This coincides with some general themes and discussions from multiple readings this semester.

Each setting is referred to as “school” in the article, but I think it brings up an interesting point that was also shown in the “Education” keywords essay, and multiple American Girl stories. It can be argued that school is not the only location where girls are learning, which this article does not explicitly discuss, in contrast with the “Education” piece. The article I believe has a heavier focus on the more formalized sense of education (sitting in a classroom, previously planned lessons..etc.), even as it does vary from country to country. With that said, you do see learning that is involved with the natural world, such as a photograph showing American girls working with their animals as members of F.F.A.. This varies from the pictures that show schools that require uniforms in stricter settings, and schools that are involving the arts, such as the students in Zimbabwe attending a concert. It is clear that learning is occurring in each of these situations despite them not being necessarily similar to one another. In each of the different situations shown, there are very few that demonstrate a type of informal homeschooling that occurs in Josefina’s life in Sunlight and Shadows.

Josefina and her sister’s cannot read or write, and do not attend any formal environment for learning as shown in the article. It is not unusual to them, and one sister is even offended when their aunt suggests they learn how. Eventually, they do learn how to read and write from their Tia in order to be connected with the songs of their late mother. They did not learn in the traditional school setting that we as a global society can sometimes envision and get caught up in. In conclusion, each of these pieces of writing demonstrate the benefits that can come from girls learning, and

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  1. This is a really cool article! I think it shows the wide span of education around the world. I like how they also showed recess and other activities outside of the class room. Two interesting things I noticed were many of these schools show gender segregated classes and also, the fact the most of them wore uniforms. Both of these traits are definitely minorities in the United States.

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