2006 South Africa Project Links:

Agilent – 2006 TWB China:

Honolulu StarBulletin: TWB-SA & TWB-China 2006

W.H. Auden wrote a line in a poem titled September 1, 1939: “We must love one another or die.” TWB-SA provides the world’s biggest stage for a Hawaiian teacher like me to show that I care about others. South Africa is almost the antipode of Hawaii, about as far away as you can get from Hawaii on earth. It took native South African teachers who taught six and seven classes of 50 students each all the physical sciences every day to reteach me the humility that Harvard had distilled from my soul. I benefited because I will never again say “I can’t do it” in Hawaii. If South African teachers can do it with miniscule resources, I should be able to do anything with the plethora of resources at my disposal. TWB-SA etched these words in my soul: no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.Mike Hu – Punahou School

The first thing that came to mind when thinking about why the TWB-SA project benefits teachers was exactly what Jim Metz alluded to, that in order for us to be good teachers, we have to be learners. That is one of the most exciting things about teaching anyway, learning from my colleagues and my students alike. I learned a lot from my South African counterparts, from different approaches to a problem or lesson to classroom management issues. I taught a little math, but they taught me a lot of teaching. — Mike Vogel