Whenever I had a teacher-parent meeting as a school teacher, I unconsciously expected two persons (a man and a woman) to knock the classroom’s door, and each case met the expectation. However, had it not been the case, like the one in which two men come in, I would have been surprised because of my prejudice toward a parent (a father and a mother).
In Chile, there is an interesting initiative in order to tackle that prejudice. That experiment is to provide schools and libraries a book called “Nicolas has two fathers (Nicolás tiene dos papás) which talks about one preschool kid who has two fathers. And what’s interesting to me is that in Chile―the country which has one of the highest inequality rate and a large catholic population (which tends to be against homosexuality)― this initiative has opened up a big debate.
These days I am into books on people who had accomplished great achievements since there are many things to learn from them.
Among them, there are two persons between whom I cannot help but feel the strong similarities.
Those two are American Apple and Japanese Bug: Steve Jobs and Osamu Tezuka.
Conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, etc…many civilian (including kids) are being deprived of their rights and lives. And I share this feeling with the majority of the people in the world: “Please stop it!”
This was further strengthened by reading a book about the right of education “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” (Malala Yousafzai, 2013).
Even though I wrote several times about her on my previous entries, this book gave me more insights on how and why she became such an international icon on girl’s education (in other words, I didn’t know the detail). Through this work, I also learned a little bit about the Islamic values which has something to do with many conflicts occurring over time.
While everyone talks about the crying of Japanese politician, there is other type of political strategy on the other side of the earth, Bolivia.
About three months to the presidential elections in Bolivia, the current president Evo Morales did something interesting to prepare (?) the victory of his third term in power: giving a book about his infancy to school kids on the Day of Children – April 12 (According to the Chilean Newspaper “El Mercurio”)
Do you like reading?
If yes, do you read from papers or screens (e-books)?
“E-book? Ah…I prefer papers because I like touching them so I am not interested in it”.
This is exactly what I used to say until a couple of years ago.
I assume that many people would have something in common with my experiences I would mention below:
- I still remember this beautiful round shaped computer, which changed my notion of computer and made me want to buy one.
- I also recall the huge excitement when I grabbed my first ipod, which definitely enriched my music and dance life.
- Thanks to the digital documents of my ipad, I didn’t have to carry all the reading assignment physically for my Master’s study, which enabled me to read anywhere I went.
- Nowadays I no longer carry digital camera when I travel because I am pretty satisfied with the camera quality of my i-phone, which always stay in my pocket to be used as a phone, music player, dictionary, etc.
- Pixar’s movies made me start thinking that animation is no longer for kids (“Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story 3” are still one of my favorite movies.)
Those experiences all made sense to me after finishing a best seller book called “Steve Jobs” (Walter Isaacson, 2011), a biography of ex-CEO of 2 big companies (Apple and Pixar).