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1 Building classrooms does not equal learning

Kenyan primary school students, in class.Tom Murphy Amid UNESCO’s jaw-dropping report on the immense challenge to education around the world is an important fact: Some 37 countries are losing half of the money they invest in primary education because students are not learning. Even when children go to school, they…

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1 Greg Mortenson offers three weak cups of defense

Three Cups of TeaWikipedia, Penguin Greg Mortenson and his philanthropy, the Central Asia Institute (CAI), have offered up another incomplete defense against allegations of misappropriated funds, fabricated stories and a failure to follow through on humanitarian projects funded by donors. Meanwhile, two Montana lawmakers are suing Mortenson and Bozeman-based CAI…

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72 Ten sips from “Three Cups of Deceit” — starting in Seattle

Jon Krakauer describes Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Deceit,” and its Seattle origins. By now, most of you have probably heard something about the allegations of literary fabrication and financial misdeeds of the celebrated humanitarian Greg Mortenson, author of the inspiring book Three Cups of Tea. The accusations were aired…

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3 Greg Mortenson: Three cups to the wind?

Greg Mortenson, the celebrated author of Three Cups of Tea who has been perhaps the world’s leading advocate for girl’s education in Pakistan and Afghanistan, is facing some serious allegations of both literary and financial wrongdoings. On Sunday’s CBS News 60 Minutes, Mortenson is accused of fabricating key parts of…