“Darling …. What time is it” ? or How Watches are Made !

                                                                                                                                                                                         by H Mac Wooten

First, I’d like to say thank you to all our new followers.  It is somewhat gratifying to know others are interested in educational issues that don’t just encompass their neighborhood.   In my blogs, I try to tell the story and a few facts, reasons, and my personal experiences here living and working with the people and Teachers in Peru (a developing country).  The title I’ve uses comes from my wife.  She tells everyone when she asks me what time it is, I start by explaining to her how the watch was made. watch I  am, quite often guilty of doing this.  I occasionally use a wide brush when painting a picture of how I perceive a situation.  I often cover most of the canvas with my wide brush, but occasionally paint things not especially relevant to the intended discussion.

Not so much my living here, but actually, getting involved and working here (with Teach a Teacher) has really illuminated the differences and importance in education.

 “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 
― William Arthur Ward

How Watches are Made part:   I have an ex-cousin-in-law who taught in a Catholic school in St. Louis.  She had a student who was working as a cook in the kitchen of a very successful Italian family  owned restaurant.  She tried desperately to get him to study, apply himself and LEARN.  He told her, he didn’t need to because he was going to work in the family business and make about $ 75 – $ 100,000 a year.  His reasoning was stronger than her reasoning to get him to learn.  When the kid graduated high school, his salary would start higher than her salary.

There aren’t too many Italian restaurants here in Peru, nor are there too many good paying jobs for the majority of the population.  Education IS the key for a better quality of life here.  I look at male teenagers in my neighborhood and see most of them growing up and maybe driving a moto-taxi. …… not  much of a bright future.  Many have finished their primary education and now (if they have the money and can pass an exam) can go to university.  University here is at best, similar to a high school but may offer a much narrower curriculum or very narrow field of studies). University here is in no way equal to College or a University in a developed nation.  The future for a typical female teenager is far more destitute and despairing.  Statistically, there are several children in her near future as she works in the field all day.

“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”   ― Nikos Kazantzakis


This picture ( I took on 4/20/20123) is typical scene.  The woman is 19 yrs old and has 2 children ages 13 months and 3.  One of them plays in the dirt while the other is usually carried on the mother’s back while she plants her lettuce in the poor soil.  Lettuce isn’t a major food staple here and it is beyond my ability to comprehend a profit margin after the labor and fertilizer and pesticides …. yes they spray the lettuce with pesticides because they think they need to?

We have an immediate need for your consideration.  We have some Volunteer Teachers coming this summer to help with our Teach a Teacher Nonprofit.  Volunteers pay their own transportation here as well as food and lodging.  We don’t require out Volunteers to speak perfect Sp. and certainly not Quechua. We have to hire translators for each of our Volunteer Teachers to work with Teachers here. Would you / could you commit to paying for 1 translator for 1 day (about $ 14.00). Several of you have made donations and we’re truly thankful and many of you seem to be putting off making a donation. WELL it’s after TAX DAY and you know that BIG Refund is coming now …. so Please consider helping with a donation or coming here to help personally. The picture here is a school we work with and they’re only one of many.  Thanks for helping.   

The School Cafeteria

The School Cafeteria



Operators are standing by ! 🙂  If you think you’d like to come to volunteer, please contact us at www.teachateacher.org

Teach a Teacher and our Volunteers provide Professional Development and help teach basic teaching skills to Teachers in some of the poorest areas in Peru.   Please visit us at www.teachateacher.org and www.teachateacher.wordpress.com and at teachateacher on Facebook.

Mac Wooten is President of Teach a Teacher nonprofit and occasionally explains how watches are made and forgets to adjust for Daylight Savings Time.  A native of Greenville S.C.   We live and focus most of our work in the Ancash region of Peru.

* A special thanks to Google Images one of which I used in this post.


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