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El Buen Hermano

Electronic TA encouraged by Federal Grant.
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If you as many college students are somewhat fluent in a second language, You can choose to be part of the B.H. program to help fund your college education by corresponding via e-mail with a "high school" student from a economically disadvanteged country which speaks that language.
You can create learning material in subjects which you excel and help tutor in English/Chinese/French, etc. (as well as improve your secondary language skills). Your Grant will be evaluated based on your submittals to your "Good Brother" and can be increased or decreased based upon the review.
The basis of this programme is that an Increase in the potential earnings of an economically disadvantaged country equates to an increase in the potential buying power (as well as tech. innovative power) in that same country. At some point the deficeincies in pay by region must become equal and it is this that the program is trying to help bring about as quickly as possible to avoid the quite likely jobslide towards countries that have a populace educated "just enough".
Zimmy, Oct 29 2003

Teacher Exchange Program http://www.halfbake...0Exchange_20Program
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       Who's Herman and what's so good about him?
What makes you think I can give a third-world child a better education than s/he can get at school?
Does it make sense to do tutoring one-on-one in such a scenario?
I understand why you think my government should pay for another's education, but what guarantee do I have that this newly educated child will promote trade with my country?
How does this tutoring take place? (via e-mail, you say, but this is a student in an economically disadvantaged country - where does s/he get a computer?)
How do you propose to teach technological concepts only via e-mail through someone who may only have a rough understanding of the language?
So many questions, so few buen hermano.
phoenix, Oct 29 2003
  

       I rather like this idea, but can't think of what to say.
RayfordSteele, Oct 31 2003
  

       I like this idea, provided that no-one vets the "learning materials" created. Good Brothers have creative carte blanche.
bungston, Oct 31 2003
  

       The way schools do this already is by arranging letter exchanges between students of the same grade in a foreign language-speaking country. I had a "pen-pal" from Ohio throughout elementary school, as she was also learning spanish.   

       It's been a while... she might be working on a taco-bell somewhere. At least she will say "taco" with a nice accent.
Pericles, Oct 31 2003
  

       Y'know, Pericles, I looked at your annotation for a while, saying "taco? taco! taco, taco, taco..." over and over again. Not only has the word subsequently lost all meaning to me, but I also can't think of a single other way to pronounce it.
Overpanic, Oct 31 2003
  

       Believe me[OP], there are many ways to say "taco", but there's only one right way. The problem is, american people think they invented the dish (and the word) because they invented taco bell... not that it's their fault to think so. The most accurate pronunciation i've hear on foreigners speaking spanish is that of Greeks and Germans, not even italians. Strange, huh?
Pericles, Nov 01 2003
  

       Strange, but strange on the side of delicious.
Overpanic, Nov 02 2003
  

       "TOCK-o"... "TAH-ko"... "TAW-ko"... "TACK-o"...
waugsqueke, Nov 02 2003
  

       And I misread this one, following yesterday's success at the Paris Masters, as El Bueno Henman.
PeterSilly, Nov 03 2003
  

       Pericles, thank god you didn't get me as a pen pal from Ohio when I was in the 6th grade.   

       I got a Korean girl who made me ashamed because she had better spelling, grammar, and handwriting than I did at that time, plus she was probably 100 times a better person than I was - so polite.   

       Maybe this idea was some way for me to make it up to her, somehow? I didn't take school seriously until a few years after that & that contact was just another homework assignment I did just enough to not fail on back then.   

       Oh, for the chance at a mulligan!
Zimmy, Sep 23 2010
  

       The taco was invented by a napkin manufacturer, in order to increase sales exponentially.
normzone, Sep 23 2010
  
      
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