- Myth #1 - This book is about how the government should fix education or this book is about how the government should fix Afghanistan:
- I remember this title being all over the bookstores about two years ago, but I was hesitant to read it due to my sometimes-aversion to non-fiction. Also, being a teacher, I am sometimes nervous about books about education because I think I will be too invested in the topic, and I may get defensive or irritated. Let me tell you right now - This is not a book about what is right and wrong in education. Thank goodness! If it was, why would you, a young adult, pick it up? So read away! This is not an instructional book on how to have good schools. phew.
- Similarly, this is not a book on how to fix Afghanistan. Greg Mortenson is certainly helping Afghanistan and hopes that others will join him, but he is not professing to have the end-all-be-all fix from America. Thank goodness, again. If he was trying to say that, I would probably get annoyed.
- Fear not, young readers, this book is not telling you what to do. Although, I hope you will be inspired by the example it sets.
- Myth #2 - The Young Reader's Edition is babyish.
- Well that's just not true. It is at a young adult level. It is readable and engaging for pre-teens and teens without you feeling like it is too easy. It will stretch you! That being said, I don't think the regular version is too difficult for any of you, either. If you are interested in this book, take a look at both editions and choose the one that suits you - either way, you're getting a good read. That being said, I'm using the Young Reader's Edition for this review
25 October 2010
I want to start off by dispelling some myths about this book so that misconceptions do not keep anyone from reading it. It was a great book, and I highly recommend it.