After just five days, Willard High School students and faculty have donated $917.00 through their science classes for Partners in Health’s Haiti relief and their ongoing medical work with the poorest people in the poorest nation in our hemisphere. Our administration will process the money and cut a check as quickly as is possible.
Thank you to everyone who participated and gave.
The Skeptic’s Guide To Global Poverty
by Dale Hanson Bourke
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
by Paul Polak
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
by Paul Collier
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time
by Jeffrey Sachs
recently added (thanks LVTfan)
Progress and Poverty
by Henry George
and to reread:
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
by Tracy Kidder
Guns, Germs, and Steel
by Jared Diamond
The social networking site, a ning (kind of like a group blog), for the Willard High School Interdisciplinary Unit on poverty is called “Willard High School Connects.”
Its URL is
The faculty’s choice for next year’s interdisciplinary topic is “poverty.” I’m pleased. My hope is that we can do this project in a way that is honest, open to a variety of points of view and which opens the eyes and minds of our students. If we can, then it will be well worth our effort.
My initial list of things I think would be interesting.
How is poverty defined?
How many poor are there?
How does poverty affect your everyday life – food, water, shelter, education, health?
Causes of poverty.
Ways out of poverty.
donate/work in local soup kitchen
habitat for humanity
I’m thinking about matching my student’s donations to kiva or heifer international (up to some amount ($300-400?).