By H Mac Wooten
Title #1 Hey mom Look …. No Hands!
Title #2 Uh Hello Uh Hey Dear…. I might Have Just
Lost the Employee of The Month Parking Place
Title #3 Hey Boss Someone stole the truck Really But I’m ok.
Title #4 Hello DDDDDear, Could you bring me a chchange of ppppants and uuunderwwear?
Title #5 It’s Not my fault The gearshift says this is FORWARD
Title # 6 NO I wasn’t sending a Text
Title #7 Final Score Karma 1 Truck 0
Title # 8 Theres also the conventional “Rear Dump” method
I’ll bet you can come up with your own title!
Just when you thought your social calendar was full ….. the circus comes to town. I generally blog about the problems with education in developing nations and specifically I blog about education here in Peru. In these blogs I often talk about pollution of the environment and garbage thrown everywhere but now, I can add one more topic with regards to these problems. Occasionally the good guy (Karma … in this case ) wins.
This truck was dumping a load of soil into the river for the municipality and tumbled into the river. Here, dirt, garbage and raw blood from the slaughterhouse (run by the city) is dumped into the river. The EPA (in the US) lists Dirt as the number one cause of pollution in our rivers and streams. When rain washes dirt into streams and rivers, it smothers the little critters in the stream and kills any fish eggs clinging to rocks. Dirt can also clog the gills of fish, suffocating them. Have you ever walked into a pond or lake and noticed muck rising up and clouding your view of the bottom? Well, if the plants that use the sun to make food (yes, that’s right, you remember photosynthesis from maybe science class ?) can’t get enough sunlight because the water is murky, they die and the river dies.
Education is failing at the highest levels of government here when the government is responsible for dumping dirt, garbage and raw blood into the rivers.
I have often observed local schools spending weeks having the children make banners and signs regarding protection of the environment and proudly marching through the streets for hours displaying their signs. And with the sign/banner in one hand, they’re throwing trash into the street with the other hand. A vital ingredient is missing from the education when the children are spending time to make the signs and banners and practice marching …. for weeks but don’t learn or understand the message and it’s quite evident the teachers don’t understand it either.
Ironically, I watched last week as the municipalidad had a painter paint the message, (a loose translation) “We don’t misuse our resources of health” on an adobe wall.
When he finished painting, he threw the empty buckets of paint into the river. As this post winds to a close, the driver was unhurt and will probably get fired. There was another dump truck waiting with another load of dirt to dump into the river and the bulldozer actually pushed more dirt into the river building a ramp to pull the truck out. So at the end of the day, it was a lose, lose situation for all. It is highly doubtful that they will add Drivers Ed. to the curriculum in public schools in Peru.
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 teaches Drivers Education. A native of Greenville S.C. We live and focus most of our work in the Ancash region of Peru.