Three Cups of Tea

3 05 2011

We read all about Greg Mortenson’s failed attempt to climb K2, getting lost in the mountains and stumbling across the poor village of Korphe, and feeling the need to help the people of that village in some way.  Eventually, Greg made a decision to build a school in the tiny Pakistani village of Korphe so that the children there would have a safe place to learn.  Of course, nothing is simple, and Greg has run into quite a bit of  trouble trying to complete his mission.

Put yourself in Greg’s shoes and try to understand how he feels when he returns to the United States with the school still not built?  If Greg had tried to build a school in a poor part of the US, how would his experience have been similar or different?

Be sure to type out your answers in complete sentences.  Be sure to back up your ideas with some examples, evidence, or proof.  Be sure to check back and see what other people say too.  Be sure to comment on what they say.

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213 responses

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

I can sort of understand how Greg feels. I’ve never done something that extraordinary, so it’s a bit hard to put myself in his shoes. I believe that he is disappointed though. He has been waiting for so long to build this school and they didn’t even start the foundation or walls. Also if he tried to build a school in a poor part of the U.S. it would probably be similar,but not the same. In the United States even if it’s a poor area there is usually somewhere you can buy supplies. Unlike Korphe where you have to go barter for them and carry or drive the supplies all the way back. Plus the U.S. is more wealthy than Baltistan. That’s atleast what I believe.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Also since the school would be built in our country more people may be willing to help. I think they’d rather help America rather than other countries.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

I agree with you!, the U.S. is much more wealthier than Baluchistan, and besides we have a great government to help us.!

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah. I highly doubt our government would help build a school in a small town in another country though.

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

our government would not be so quick and light on their feet to help us. they would love to help other countries though because then we have an alience and everyone knows that having an aliance during war is a good thing.

3 05 2011
Collin D

Our government may be wealthier than that in Baluchistan though budgets for education did sharply increase in 2009 though have begun falling again, because the government is becoming less interested with giving kids the best education they can get.

Source:
http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/budget_current_gs.php?year=2009_2014&view=1&expand=&expandC=&units=b&fy=fy10

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

This is true. It is easier to make a school for U.S.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah we have so much more technology to help us too.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

I agree, it would be much easier to get everything you need for the school in the united states. So you would build everything quicker.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

I know. I can’t imagine how long and frustrating it would be to build a school there.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

yeah and also we have many great communities and people here that have enough money to donate to other causes

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

The U.S. probably only donates to other causes though if they’re popular. There are probably a lot of little towns and countries suffering and we Americans aren’t helping.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

It would be really frustrating, because they don’t have the money and technology we have.

3 05 2011
Matt

I think that we should have the schools because we need them. If the U.S. doesn’t get schools, the poor people will tun to a life of crime.

3 05 2011
Lindsay F.

i don’t think that the people would turn to a life of crime maybe that might get a job at McDonald’s but i am pretty sure they wouldn’t go around stealing old ladies purses but it is a great way to think!!!!!!

3 05 2011
Jose Q..

YES!!!i said the same thing. since i have not done anything really helpful its hard to be put in his shoes.

3 05 2011
SarahL

I do agree that it would be hard to built the school if you can’t do anything without the stuff you need.And would be similar to building a school for the poor part of America.

5 05 2011
Martina K.

That seems exactly right. I would be frustrated if my school hadn’t been built yet. Then again I think it would be easier to build a school in a poor part of the U.S.

3 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

If I were Greg and returned to America without this school built I would feel really bad and would feel like I ashamed all those people wanting to have a new school and not getting it. If it were America though it be a little different because he wouldn’t have to wait that long to have to go back home and then wait winter for it to start again because in America we have construction workers that can get the job done in months this could take years. But, it is kinda the same too, because all of these people are so excited they will help build it and make it a good place for them to go. So, they are similar but different, I mean it be easier to do that in America but, it is still the thought that is still making that fire burn. Greg will probably go back to Pakistan in time to make the school, or maybe he might fail at this project and feel so bad. We don’t know until it happens, but i know one thing and that is Greg hasn’t given up yet, so why would he give up now?

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

That’s similar to how I think of it. In America it would be so much easier to build a school, but it could take years in Baltistan.

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

But the U.S would be a little easier because U.S. is a lot rich than Korphe.

3 05 2011
Alexa A

Mackenzie I agree to what you are saying about being ashamed if their school wasn’t finished. However since they were doing all of the work themselves it might have took longer. Cause you know in the book it said they didn’t want to spend Greg’s money so they did the work. But any way though i would still feel bad because they needed help to do the work. And they could use all the help they can to finish this school.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

If Greg had tried to build a school in the U.S., where it was kinda poor, he would have had a nice strong government that would most likely help pay for the school. Also, there are many communities in the U.S. with a lot of money, they would likely donate to Greg’s cause. Although, the kids he is building the school for are not very grateful, for the new school. The kids and adults would much rather have good food than a school. But, in the U.S. most people here can afford decent food because of well-fare and food stamps. If Greg had chosen to build the school in the U.S.,the kids would most likely be more grateful for the school. There would have been many similarities and differences, depending on where Greg choose to build the school and how rich or poor that part of the world was.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

I think the government would pay for the whole school, because they care more about their country.

3 05 2011
Grant O.

Yeah and that’s what taxes are for.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

and they also have PLENTY of money to unlike the children hes building the schoolfor

3 05 2011
bree s.

but would they care about kids going to school or people not attacking

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

I don’t think the kids he’s building the schools for are ungrateful. They probably just don’t know what to think because no one has ever done this for them. And food is very important to them because they’re so poor they can barely afford it.

3 05 2011
Collin D

I don’t think they don’t know what to do its just that I would have been in shock that a foreigner that they had met as he nearly died on the mountain would be willing to spend money in amounts they could only dream of to build a chool for children.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

I disagree, I think that the kids in Pakistan would be more grateful for the school. Because they don’t really have any, and kids in the U.S. do.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

true, you have a good point but, i think food is more imporant to them, because they have never had a school efore, so they don’t know what its like and what to expect.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

But isn’t that why they would be more grateful? Because they never had one before.

3 05 2011
Angela Z.

The kids in Korphe would probably be more grateful because they have to learn using sticks, writing in dirt. They need a better place for education. I disagree with you at the end.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

But, food is probably their number one priority because they have very little of it, so they would probably rather have the kids no how to farm then have a good education.

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

The government is really poor in Pakistan.

3 05 2011
Tori H

I totally agree with you Claire, especially how you said the government could help pay for it. I would have never thought of that.

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

if greg were to build a school in a poor part of the U.S. he would have been at a loss. i think this because in korphe people understand that the money is hard to get. greg also wouldnt have found tara, the love of his life. this is because they met at a dinner party that greg went to only because he had met the guy hosting it while building the bridge to get in and build the school. the korhe are not greedy and in the U.S the kids would just asume that ohh, this guy wants to help us so we can go to school and then they would ask for books and money to pay the teacher. they would also need money for food so the kids could have lunch. in korphe tho the kids understand that money doesnt grow on trees and they will respect whatever greg can offer them. so greg would have never met the love of his life and would have never had the friends he has now. he would be in way more debt as well because people are so keen on helping foreigners so that the country that they live in actually apreciates america. but then you go and tell people that there needs to be a school built in america in a rundown city that no wealthy people live in so they have no way of funding the school. then the people or government will not jump so fast to help and give back to the country.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

That is a good thought. I didn’t even think Greg not meeting Tara. He Also wouldn’t have met all those other nice people, like Jean H. and George M.

3 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

I see what your saying Jenna it’s just that he probably wouldn’t be in debt because by time they get the school all organized then the higher class people can all figure out what they will do like food and everything it wouldn’t be Greg’s problem. Do you see kinda what I mean?

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

i understand what you are saying mackenzie. but what if the higher class people dont want to help the lower class people because they thing that they dont need to that they are to good to help them. then greg would most likley feel obliged to help them with other fundings. also have you seen how many people are in debt today i mean 50% of the population is most likley in debt and with greg only having $83 to his name you might want to rething the fact that he may not be in debt.

3 05 2011
Grant O.

Jenna that’s what the government is for I know its corrupt and everything but they still care about the people.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

Are you assuming that people in the U.S. are more greedy and unfaithful than people in Korphe?

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

no i am just insisting that the korphe dont take many things for granted like isabel said and that they are more conservative of their natural and unnatural recources.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

this is a good explanation but he would have never met Tara or his new friends or the Korphe people if he would have taken the right path to the right village in the first place. What do you think would have happened then?

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

Pakistan maybe poor but they were a poor country for a long time so you can guess that whatever Greg had did the kids grateful. Unlike some poor kids in the U.S.

3 05 2011
Martina K.

What trying to say is that people in America are more greedy and mean, than the people of Korphe? I agree with Lauren. But i think that people in America would help out with Greg’s idea and people in Korphe might not be ofsuch good use because most of them are uneducated. Right? 🙂

3 05 2011
Abbie b.

I see what you are saying. If they built a school in a poor part of the US to us it would just be any old school, we would be greedy and want books and all the other school stuff. But in Korphe they appreciate what Greg is trying to do for them. They will except what ever help he can provide. People in Korphe won’t nag and complain if he cannot provide something

3 05 2011
Alexa A

Jenna i agree with you when you said that people think of money being hard to get in Korphe. Well also you know that since they can’t get jobs were they are they understand that money doesn’t just grow on trees like some americans do. Still though i do kinda think that the U.S government would have helped to build his school in the U.S

3 05 2011
Tori H

Nice idea I would have never thought of him not meeting Tara and the others.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

I would feel like a failure. If I went to do something, I would want to finish it. Something big like that, it would must feel really horrible to not get it done. But don’t forget, it is a good thing, even if you didn’t finish.
If Greg had tried to build schools in the US, I’m sure it would have worked out differently. More people would care about American children than Pakistani children. It doesn’t matter if they have a shed while the children in Pakistan are in the cold scratching lessons in the dirt, people don’t care about people who are “different” from them.
Greg probably would have raised a lot more money if he were building schools in the United States. People here think “Why should I care?” They should. It may not effect them now, but it could in the long run. If the schools were in the US more people care, which means more funds, which makes him a HERO. He may have even gotten a house and car because of publicity money. Why people care about children here and not children on the other side of the world, I don’t know, but, yes, the schools in the US would make people care more.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

Do you care about the Pakistani children? I don’t think that people would be that mean about it.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

Yeah I care. But some people don’t. They would be like “AHHH!!!! TERRIORIST CHILDREN!!! And not want to help. It works like that with a lot of things.

3 05 2011
Collin D

I would care about Pakistani children because we discussed in class that all Pakistani people aren’t just the stereotypical way some people think they are, terrorists. Most people think that because the only time we ever hear about Pakistani people is when the few extremists their country has do something against America so then Pakistani is all over the news being portrayed as terrorists.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

Why did Greg feel like it was a failure not to build the school before winter, he still had time to finish the job;.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

Because he wnated to get it done so the childrn would have a place to study.

3 05 2011
Claire G.

yes, i would also feel like a failure, and i’d build it in the U.S., because people care about education A LOT more.

3 05 2011
Carli C.

In the US, literacy is everything. You need it to get a job to get money, to get a house, to get a car.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

I didn’t think about it that way. Building the school would make them care more about all of the other kids, like the ones in Pakistan.bb

3 05 2011
Carli C.

But some people only care about how to improve their country, not other ones.

3 05 2011
Angela Z.

I agree with you, and understand exactly what you are saying, some other people just never really thought about other places or schools, because they are just probably focusing on their town, and how to make their own schools better for their children.

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

I kind of agree. In my opinion I think that it is easier in the U.S. People now don’t really care about a poor country unless if something disastrous happened such as an earthquake.

3 05 2011
Eva R.

I think you have really good thoughts on this Carli because that was what i was kind’ve thinking about this situation, too.

3 05 2011
Abbie b.

I agree with what you are saying. But i think that people should care about children wherever they come from. they may look different from us but that doesn’t mean they don’t need education or some where warm and safe for them to stay. Yes i do think that more people would donate if it was a school for America, but i don’t think that is right.

3 05 2011
bree s.

you right Carli its like you are saying its a good thing but at the same time its a bad thing

3 05 2011
Collin D

I think that if the U.S. news headlines ever showed how poor their country is many American citizens would donate money like Jean Hoerni did, and that money would go to do things like what Greg did in korphe, such as building schools, and public centers where people could do activities.

3 05 2011
Sean C

He would feel bad because the kids would have to go even longer with a school to sit in and work in. If he built a school in a poor part of America would have been similar and different in many ways to building one in Africa. They both needed a school so he was building one for them. But in America he could get help from more people because people would be helping their country and not some poor village no one knows about in Africa. But even though there wouldn’t be as much help in Africa since they don’t have a lot of food and are probably weaker the people in America because they don’t eat as much

3 05 2011
brianna c.

I think that it could be both similar and different in many ways. But there’s probably more differences. It’s similar because both places are poor and can’t get afford schools. And it’s like the same working conditions. But it’s different because the people in the U.S probably just want Greg to build everything. Unlike the people in Pakistan, who wanted to help build. Which made everything go by slower. Cause if Greg and his guys just built everything it could go by much faster. Which would be good, cause then the kids can start learning stuff, just like Greg wanted them to. Plus, building in the U.S could be easier. Because Greg knows more people there, so they could help him build the school. There’s many other similarities and differences.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

I agree, but why would people in the U.S. just want Greg to build everything, and not help?

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

I agree with what you are saying. I’m sure the people would take part in building the school.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

Maybe because their poor so they can’t help buy everything? Or they might not know what to do. Because they probably never built a school.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

Brianna, yes, but couldn’t they learn to build a school on the job. Kind of like how I have no idea how to play basketball, but I learn in gym when we have to go through our basketball rotation.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

I think they would probably want to help build it if they are going to let them.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

America and Pakistan don’t have the same building conditions. We have so much more technology in America to help us build. Unlike Pakistan people who have to do almost everything by hand.

3 05 2011
brianna c.

Yeah i know, i realized that after i posted it.. so since we have all that technology it would probably be easier to build a school in the U.S..

3 05 2011
Jes B.

You’re right Autumn.

3 05 2011
Antonio M

I agree, but wouldn’t the government in the U.S. help pay for the school?

3 05 2011
Hailey A.

If Greg could only get a few people to help him how would it go faster if he could get more people he didn’t know?

3 05 2011
Maisie M.

i agree, because yeah there are A LOT of differences between Korphe and the entire US. Like for one how they had to build an entire bridge just to carry supplies to Korphe and back. Great response Bri i totally agree with what you are saying!

3 05 2011
Tori H

I soo agree with you Brianna. Also you would think that the government would help build the school. I mean he cant do it all alone.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

If Greg tried to build a school in a poorer part of the US he would have many different problems and differences than of those he faced in Korphe. For one you can’t really bargain for prices in US stores as he did in Baltistan. But, people here in the US would be just as grateful for the school as the people of Korphe. Since Greg grew up in Africa he understood the Korphe people’s way of life and could relate too them. While in the US he wouldn’t understand to much about their ways of life. The US is also a richer country so getting supplies wouldn’t be that hard while in Korphe he had to move the supplies from one village to the next till Korphe. There would be multiple differences between building a school in Korphe and building one in the US such as language, money, transportation. But, one thing stays the same who ever or where ever the school is built for any one would be appreciative for his hard work.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

Oh and coming back to America without having built the school would be really upsetting. I have never done something so heroic so I don’t know what exactly he would feel but he would probably very disappointed in himself for doing all of his hard work and coming back home without building the school,again.

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

i totally agree with you jes. anyone would be appreciative of the hard work of greg and the people that help to fund him but he cannot really relate at the same time to the kids in america when he can relate to the kids in korphe because he grew up living like them nice idea! 😀

3 05 2011
Jes B.

Thanks it’s just that he wouldn’t relate to the people as much if he didn’t grow up in the same area I guess.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah I agree. I think it would be easier to build one in America though because our government would help pay for it most likely. I don’t want to be rude but America cares more about themselves than other small, poor countries.

3 05 2011
Jes B.

You aren’t being rude Autumn it’s the truth. America does care more about ourselves than other smaller, poorer countries that’s all there is too it. Not that everyone is like “WE HATE OTHER COUNTRIES” or anything we just for some reason like ourselves more. You see what I mean?

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Yeah. It’s natural to think like that. I’m sure everyone in this room cares more about themselves and their families than about other peoples.

3 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

Jesse, i understand the concept of what you’re saying but to tell you the truth I don’t think the kids in America would be as happy for a school like the kids in Korphe because the probably go to a school just all messed up with having to pay all the time and getting made fun of, so they probably wouldn’t want a school as much, I mean the will probably be grateful but not as much as the Korphe kids.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

Mackenzie, I agree with you, but isn’t an education here more important that an education in Korphe, because the rest of our lives depends on our eduction?

3 05 2011
Jes B.

Yeah I see what you mean Mackenzie. But I thought that the kids here would be just as grateful as children from another country.

3 05 2011
NateJiG

I agree with Mackenzie on this one, sort of. All kids need education, whether we like it or not. But kids who have never gone to school before, even in Korphe and the US, want to. One the first day of school, every year, i always get myself up and get ready fast to see my class. Most kids do the same thing, but probably not for the same reason. Most kids just want to see their friends and see if they are in thier class or not. What do you think?h

3 05 2011
Carli C.

I agree. There would be different obstacles. It would be easier to get supplies and not have to take them up a trecherous mountain. He would probably hire a miving van or something to transport the supplies instead of a little Jeep. 🙂

3 05 2011
Jes B.

Yeah it would be easier to transfer all of the supplies from one place to another with something bigger than a jeep wouldn’t it?

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

If I was in Greg’s shoes and returned to the United states with the school still not built, I would be very frustrated. I would be frustrated because Greg intended to have the school built before winter came, so the children wouldn’t have to do their school work out in the cold. But just Greg’s intentions to have the school build the school before winter was not enough, and Greg had to wait even longer to finish the school in Korphe.

If Greg had to try to build a school in the U.S., his experience would be different in many ways, his experience would be different because here in the U.S., resources are more assessable than resources in the Middle East. For example, we can probably even find places that sell resources easier than in the Middle East. We can do this because the U.S. usually has people living in large groups, so stores and other such would be more common to find here than in Korphe. The experience would also be the same because Greg would have to raise a lot of money to build schools in poor neighborhoods here too. He would have to do this because if Greg built the schools in poor neighborhoods, no one would be able to give him the money to build the schools.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

In my first paragraph I had a typo, I meant, “but Greg’s intentions to have the school built before winter was not enough…….”

3 05 2011
Grant O.

Nate, Did we one person have to build our school ? No! Taxes did.

3 05 2011
Grant O.

Lauren, I agree that he would have to raise money but the government would help because they are all about education right?

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

Grant, I guess the government would still pay for some of the expenses, but when Greg guilt the school in Korphe, he got VERY big donations of money from rich people, but he still had to buy some supplies with his own money too.

3 05 2011
NateJiG

The Government, no offense grant, is all about keeping our country safe and taking our money to do so. Plus, they have to give money to certain places like schools, libraries, ect. And don’t you have to physically buy a chunk of land to build it on, rather to just build it on the closest piece of land that works?

3 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

I agree with what you are saying Lauren, oh and sorry I’m talking about the second paragraph, but just to say the people of America won’t probably help Greg and he would have to do all the work himself. Like we might have a higher learning standard and resources are easier but just going to Ace hardware isn’t going to cut it he will have to find someone that sells a lot of this like construction companies, but that will cost a lot of money so it probably be easier to build, but the resources won’t be easier to find. See what I’m saying?

5 05 2011
Skyler W.

Nate, It is true that the government protects people, but the government does many more things, and now that I think about it, the government does help build schools and other buildings. So I would have to agree with Grant that not one individual can built one whole school. Greg even had to have help by other people and did not just build the school himself, but I can see where your getting the ideas from.

3 05 2011
Alejandro. S

I agree Lauren that the supplies would be easier to get.

3 05 2011
Mackenzie C.

Lauren, in the second paragraph I see what your saying, but the resources won’t probably be easier to find since he just can’t go to Ace or Menard’s here and buy the supplies he has to go to a place that sells all this stuff like construction companies and buy it all. It will cost a lot. It won’t be as hard to build but it will be as hard to find. See what I’m saying?

3 05 2011
Alexa A

I agree with you on how you would have been frustrated. but the people of Korphe did build the school themselves. And that was a disadvantage because hey its a lot of work building a school or house or anything. And ya it may have made you frustrated but they did that to save you money.

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

if i were to put myself in gregs shoes and get back to korphe and have the foundation of the school down and ready to be built on i would be a little upset. but then i would come to realize that the korphe did this from the kindness of their hearts. they understood that money doesnot grow on trees and that greg didnt have much. they understood how hard it was for greg to come up with the money to fund the school and to be able to help take care of himself at the same time. they even kept the money that greg had left them with so that he would be able to have a little money to his name.

3 05 2011
Isabel T

Greg made the decision to build a school in the small village of Korphe to give the kids a safe environment to learn in. Because he made that choice he has to go through with it because that was his whole purpose of staying after he failed to climb K2. Personally if i had made the commitment to be there i would have stuck with what my plan was and finish what i started. If Greg had decided to build a school in North America i think it would have been A L O T different then what he is trying to do in Korphe. I don’t think it would be as much appreciated because honestly people in America, poor or wealthy, take things that they are given for granted. Which is unlike the people of Korphe who praise or thank Greg constantly for his effort to make things in Korphe better, not for himself but for the people who are suffering . And for having his heart in the right place.

3 05 2011
Jenna L.

i see what you are saying isabel, people in america take recources societies and nice people for granted. this is when you have to stop and think that what goes around comes around and that if they mistreet you then they will be mistreeted. if they thank you like the korphe though then they will most likley be thanked a great deal for their constant praise and hospitality to what once was a complete stranger.

3 05 2011
Lauren W.

But wouldn’t people in the U.S. who don’t have a lot of money and don’t have a school already know not to take good things for granted?

3 05 2011
Matt

I like your ideas but I think that it would be better for the U.S. kids to have it because they don’t have any school while Korphe at least had a little.

3 05 2011
Ammar I.

That would be a hard time for Greg. He would obviously feel like a fail. But that doesn’t mean it’s done for. This failure will no longer be a failure. Just like the question of if one person can make a difference to a huge group. I answered that you could but it will take a while. But I also said that other people will start to help. Right now in the story he is the only person helping Pakistan. But later they will help him. Yes he will feel like a fail. He will have help eventually. This is how changing the world is. It’s having other people help you. this is how this goes.

3 05 2011
Grant O.

I think it would be both similar and different if he was trying to do the same thing in a poor part of the United States. It would be similar because the people would be hard working just like the people of Korphe. It would be different because you would get more help from the u.s. government. You could also be able to go to help more in the United States because it is closer and way cheaper. It would also be different because there are many more hardware stores to get your supplies from easier. You could also get right to work here because you wouldn’t have to build a bridge because the government has to do that for them. Overall it would be easier to build a school here in the U.S. If I were in Greg’s shoes I would be disappointed that I didn’t finish the school for the children. They need a place to learn throughout the winter.

3 05 2011
Antonio M

I agree with you 100%. I think the people in Korphe would appreciate it more than the U.S. greety children.

3 05 2011
Autumn E.

Well if you are building it in a poor part of the U.S. I’m sure the children aren’t greedy. How can they be greedy when they can’t even afford a school?

3 05 2011
Alejandro. S

Antonio, I don’t think that all poor people in the U.S. would be greedy. Remember that some people next to Korphe were greedy to.

3 05 2011
Nikolas S.

i agree that the people of Korphe would appreciate the school but how are the US children greedy?

3 05 2011
Antonio M

That is true Autumn

3 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZ

Even though the government has the money to help, they wouldn’t want to be spending it on some poor town. They would need it more to keep our country in shape. I would be the person that wants to build it, not the government’s.

3 05 2011
Lindsay F.

i am sorry but a totally disagree because i think that are country is wealthy enough to give a little money, time, and effort to build a school for children sorry Bryce but i disagree!

3 05 2011
Hailey A.

If Greg had built a school in a poor part of the U.S. it would have been a lot harder and a lot easier. One way it would have been easier is he wouldn’t have to raise so much money to allow him to but a plane ticket depending on where he is going and starting from. This would make his job to raise money a whole lot easier allowing him to have more time planning out the building.
Another way it would be easier is that he knows a lot more people that can help him that don’t have to fly all the way to Korphe.This would allow him to get more done in a smaller amount of time.He would then be able to work on more then one thing at a time.This would make his life a lot easier.
One way that it would be harder is that he would constantly have to be going back and forth from his homeland to where he is building a school unless he has a hotel he was staying at, but that would cost him more money. This would take up to much time he has to constantly go back and forth especially if they are very far away. This would then take him a lot longer to build the school.
Another way it would be harder if he built the school in the U.S. is that he has no house, so he would have no where to stay if he needed a place after he was done working especially if it was winter. What would happen if he couldn’t afford a hotel and it was snowing outside. Where would he go? Where would he stay? This would make it tougher to build the school and finish it on time.
This is how I think it would be harder and easier if Greg built a school in a poor part of the U.S. Even though some things would be easier and some would be harder most still stays the same. Especially the reason why he is building the school…to make a change in the world.

3 05 2011
Hailey A.

( continued )
If I was in Greg’s shoes I would be pretty mad at myself that I didn’t finish the school. I would feel this way because I knew I could do something to make Korphe’s life better, but I didn’t try my hardest. I would pick myself up when I got back to the United States and I would get everything needed for my trip back to Korphe. This would make me feel better because I was starting to accomplish something. Knowing that I was starting to accomplish what I had started I would feel better and would want to change the world even more to make it a better place to live in and hopefully I would inspire others to do the same.

3 05 2011
Ricky M

i got 2 things. first that is amazingly long nice job. second i totally agree with what would you do if you were in Greg’s shoes. i would even do that if i could. also that is true about having it easier and harder in the u.s.

3 05 2011
Angela Z.

If Greg built a school in a poor part of the US, it would be a very similar attempt. It doesn’t matter what place the school is built, it would still be the same concept. A lot of work would still be put into the project both places. In America, it would be a little easier to build a school because of the strong government likely to pitch in some money. Korphe schools would be a little bit more difficult to build because of all of the supplies that would have to be sent there from far away. Any place that Greg would have to build a school, he probably would be frustrated or stressed. But, the only way he can do it is by keeping a strong attitude, and determined.

3 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZ

i see what your saying Angela, but wouldn’t it be different because they’re much farther distances?????

3 05 2011
Jade R.

I see what your saying but the reason Greg is building it THERE is because they have never actually had a school. And the government might not pitch in and help. What would they do then… I’m sorry but I don’t agree with you.

3 05 2011
Collin D

It could be very different from Korphe, in Korphe the people were willing to work hard for no pay, in some parts of America people would persuade you to pay them more! Though there are some people like those of Korphe that are willing to give something to help build a school for children. They volunteer their time working for free, or if they are to far away to help they could send money for supplies, food , medical equipment, or paying workers. For example in Japan with the recent earthquake we are to far away to physically donate our time so we can donate our money to charities that are using the money to help japan, such as the American Red Cross association.

3 05 2011
Alejandro. S

There are very similarities and difference about building a school in America. It would be similar because there would be a reason to build a new school in the poor parts of the U.S.. The different part is that since Greg lives in the U.S. the supplies will come faster making it easier to build when they want t build. In Korphe it would take longer to get supplies. To add on, villages in Pakistan would try to take the school without Greg noticing. In America there are roads so people would just walk to the place where the school is located. These are some similarities and differences about building a school in Korphe and America.

3 05 2011
Alejandro. S

I forgot to put in that if I was in Greg shoes and did not complete the school when I came back to America I would be mad. The children in Korphe would still have no school and would be outside most of the week drawing in dirt.

3 05 2011
christopher millerr

i agree with you Alejandro because if the school wasn’t finished then the kids in Korphe they wouldn’t be able to go to school. Also because they would have to wait even longer. 😦 not good if they have to wait longer.

3 05 2011
Antonio M

The situation that Greg is in right now would be similar, but also different in a poor part of the United States. It can be similar because both places are poor and the town doesn’t have enough money to build a school by themselves. In both Korphe and a poor part in the U.S. the children are friendly, but they don’t have an education. The schools would also be built very similar to each other. Since the towns are poor I think the people would be willing to help build the school. Greg’s experience can also be a bit different. The kids in Korphe would appreciate Greg building them a school. They would also understand that Greg can’t give them all the supplies that they need. In contrast I think children in the U.S. would take Greg for granted. If Greg builds them a school I think they would expect Greg to give them all the things they need to help them learn. However in the U.S. other towns around a poor town would donate money to help. In Korphe I don’t think other places would donate money because many places in the Middle East are poor. If I were in Greg’s situation I would be upset that I wasn’t able to build the school in Korphe.

3 05 2011
NateJiG

If I were in Greg’s shoes, i would be ashamed coming back and having the school still not built. That was what he promised, and he came back without keeping that promise. Though he built the bridge, that wasn’t his main goal. When he got lost in K2, he found Korphe. That was a sign saying that Korphe needed a school or something to actually be on the map. If he were to do this in a poor part of the US, then I think his experience would differ. There are millions of wealthy people in the US who keep it all to themselves. Helping the people here wouldn’t probably be as rewarding because the laws are different, money is different, and in Pakistan, there hasn’t been a school there in the past 600 years. In the US, there is a school always somewhere near, even a poor place is on the map and has a school somewhere in a neighboring city. Personally, Korphe needs it more than we do.

3 05 2011
Collin D

I too would be disappointed though I think some of the blame should have been on the korphe elders for not doing as Greg said and making the men of korphe do the foundation work when they had no time to do it.

3 05 2011
Nikolas S.

The experience would probably be similar because your trying to build a school and they are not done, there is probably the same level of stress just putting the unfinished school into consideration. But building the school in a Pakistani village is probably way different because of the different religions.
Also if Greg runs out of money he’ll have to go back to the US to raise more. If he were in the US originally he would not have to move large amounts of space. For example, if he builds one in Pakistan he has to get in an airplane which costs money and fly all the way to the US to get more money, if he was already in the United States he would just put the project on hold for a while.
Also maybe there is a material Greg needs to get in order to finish the school, if the villages nearby don’t have he would be screwed. Also he is on a budget, so it would probably be easier to build it in the US because in Pakistan he needs money for the plane ticket, jeeps to carry things, and the supplies and materials needed for the school.
I think the experience would have been very different.

3 05 2011
Matt

I think that I would feel as if I failed to reach my goal. I would go back to the U.S. unhappy but still knowing that I can take money from all my rich friends to help build the school. Then I would feel a sense of progress and go back to Korphe and finish my school.
If Greg has gone and helped the poor neighborhoods of the U.S. I think he would of made more of a difference. At least Korphe already learned a little bit and had some school. The poor people of the U.S. don’t even have schools forcing them to work poor jobs and end up having a life of crime. If there was schools, poor people will have more education and might have a decent job instead of turning to a life of crime. If Greg would of helped us, he would of been doing something great for our country. Don’t get me wrong, though, Greg is doing a good thing and we should all be thankful for his wonderful deeds.

3 05 2011
Alex R.

If I was in his shoes I probably would be exasperated about how many things went wrong during the building of the school. After I got all the supplies I find out I have to build a bridge first. I don’t think i could keep going for much longer . I think Greg is a very persistent man. Then to get married in the middle of it ! If he tried to do this in the USA it would be a little easier because transportation would be much easier because he is only (at the most ) a day or two drive away. Even if he took an airplane it would still cost less. With quicker transportation it would be easier. I still wouldn’t say its easy its just easier. One big problem is that the people of Korphe are very patient I don’t think people in America would be as patient the people of Korphe. Although it would be easier to communicate with poor people of America than people of Korphe,Greg seems to know fluent Balti so that wouldn’t be much of a change. So either way if you’re gonna try to build a school from nothing you have to be persistent and willing to give up everything for it.

3 05 2011
Matt

I think that I would feel as if I failed to reach my goal. I would go back to the U.S. unhappy but still knowing that I can take money from all my rich friends to help build the school. Then I would feel a sense of progress and go back to Korphe and finish my school.
If Greg has gone and helped the poor neighborhoods of the U.S. I think he would of made more of a difference. At least Korphe already learned a little bit and had some school. The poor people of the U.S. don’t even have schools forcing them to work poor jobs and end up having a life of crime. If there was schools, poor people will have more education and might have a decent job instead of turning to a life of crime. If Greg would of helped us, he would of been doing something great for our country. Don’t get me wrong, though, Greg is doing a good thing and we should all be thankful for his wonderful deeds. 😀

3 05 2011
BRYCE KURTZZZZZZ

I think Greg feels horrible for not doing what he promised to the people of Korphe. I think this because he has to leave Pakistan while he knows the school is not built. It’s even worse when he returns to Korphe find that not even a foundation has been started.
I think it would be more different than similar if Greg tried to build a school in a poor part of the U.S., but it could still be both. Greg would most likely build a school there if they really needed one built. He would probably built a building or something like that anywhere if it meant he was helping other people to make their lives easier.
One way it would be similar is because both places would be poor. This just means that no one would be able to donate much money to help afford for supplies or for transportation to get there. The school is built so the children of that town can have a safe place where they are able to learn.
One way it would be different is because they are on opposite sides of the world. It is much easier and cheaper to go to a place in the U.S. rather than somewhere in the Middle East. A plane ticket to Pakistan is a lot of money to get there, plus the trip to return back.

3 05 2011
Martina K.

If i was Greg and had to build a school for Korphe, i would feel frustrated because what has happened by now. Greg’s goal was to construct this school before the winter and he failed. Even the feeling of failing i would be enraged. But i would still keep trying, and this time i would try harder. Then maybe some action might occur into making the school. I would just need some more help.

If Greg was trying to build a school for a poor part in the U.S., I think, it would be easier. Greg is American, he lives in America, and he would get the work done faster because of the distance. Being American, Greg would know what he was doing, and know what the kids wanted. Since there are many wealthy communities, they would probably donate money to Greg for his idea. I’m pretty sure, that more people would help out in building the school as well. It just seems that way to me.

Greg might have faced a lot of consequences in building the school of Korphe, but he hasn’t lost his pride in building the school. That’s what it’s all about, having confidence is another requirement in building the school, and making a difference in life. 🙂

3 05 2011
Matt

I think that I would feel as if I failed to reach my goal. I would go back to the U.S. unhappy but still knowing that I can take money from all my rich friends to help build the school. Then I would feel a sense of progress and go back to Korphe and finish my school.
If Greg has gone and helped the poor neighborhoods of the U.S. I think he would of made more of a difference. At least Korphe already learned a little bit and had some school. The poor people of the U.S. don’t even have schools forcing them to work poor jobs and end up having a life of crime. If there was schools, poor people will have more education and might have a decent job instead of turning to a life of crime. If Greg would of helped us, he would of been doing something great for our country. Don’t get me wrong, though, Greg is doing a good thing and we should all be thankful for his wonderful deeds. 🙂

3 05 2011
Skyler W.

The experiences that Greg would have with building a school in a poor part of the United States and the poor village of Korphe have many similarities and differences.These experiences would be similar because they are both poor places so Greg would want to get the school done as soon as possible. They are also similar because it would be difficult for Greg to build the schools in such poor areas when they would have to find the money to actually build the schools. Also it is quite obvious that both experiences would be a difficult task and would be filled with challenges. These experiences are also different in many ways. For an example, the places are totally different areas so the climate would be different. Also, the U.S would most likely be easier to build a school even in a poor area because there are much more wealthy people in the United States that would help build the school. Finally, the experiences would be different because the children in Kophe would be more happier with a school than in The United States.If you think about it, kids in the U.S are more privileged than the kids in Korphe, so they will be maybe more grateful for a school.

If I put myself in Greg’s shoes and left Korphe without a complete school, I would be devastated. I would be devastated because I would have gotten everyone all exited about a new school, but would have disappointed them by leaving them empty handed. Also, I would be determined leaving Korphe without a school because I would want to try harder to get the kids of Korphe a school. I would even be determined to make a bigger and more efficient school than I would have planned!

3 05 2011
Collin V.

I agree that anyone would be devastated if they left a school incomplete. Even if that person came back, they would have to impress the people by there ideas if they were mad.

5 05 2011
Skyler W.

This is true Collin, but don’t you also think that if you were in Greg’s you would be determined to go back a build a bigger and more efficient school than before?

3 05 2011
Jade R.

If I put myself in Greg’s shoes I would feel sad and helpless if I had to leave something that I was working so hard on. I would feel like I wasn’t helping enough. It’s like if your doing a project and when your in the middle of writing a summery or something someone just took it away and said that you can’t work on this for another full year. I hate that when it happens. I feel bad for Greg. He probably wished he stayed longer to finish the school house. He probably felt horrible about himself.

3 05 2011
Jade R.

(continued)
If Greg was trying to build a school in a poor part of the U.S it would be hard but similar. It would be similar because the people there would really need this school and if I didn’t finish it I would still feel bad and not say the they already have like five billion other schools and just give up on the school. The situations would be different because Greg would be in a place with kids that he might or might not know. The distance would be another different thing but the distance wouldn’t really matter.

3 05 2011
Joselin v.

Sorry but i would have to disagree a little but you said that it was something that he worked on for so long and the book said he didn’t start the school yet. I see what your saying and i saw that you brought that he could finish the school but i think you should put the finishing the school with the first sentence and i still think your idea is great.

3 05 2011
christopher millerr

I think Greg fells disappointed. I really cant put myself in his shoes because Ive never been in a situation like that. But what i can say is that it might really disappoint you when you’ve been waiting so long for something to be built but when they haven’t even started it you kinda feel said after so of waiting they havent even started a basic structure of the school.

3 05 2011
dominic joseph fasanella

I can just imagine how Greg might feel because if i were doing something big that would blow peoples mines away then i failed at it then i would be pretty upset but considering that he may not have any experience with climbing mountains, making an attempt to climb one of the worlds tallest mountains he has some pretty good confidence.

3 05 2011
Jake R:)

If he did it in a poor part of the us no one would help him. They wouldn’t because nobody cares now. They would rather have some thing else then a school. They also would not want to spend there money on it. They would rather have not for there kids to have an education. I would feel pretty bad if i was Greg because you are trying to do something nice for someone and they don’t want it and some thing that every one should a school is really important in a community. I can relate to him on that one. In the us no one is nice but to people who want a school that are poor and want there kids to have a god life that is nice. 🙂

3 05 2011
D.J.C.

It would be different because, the people in they United States have different religions. We also have more technology. It would have made work a lot easier. Greg could travel less distance which would save him money and time. It would have been easier, faster, cheaper, and different if he would had built a school in the United States of America because of this.

3 05 2011
D.J.C.

Greg would feel bad returning home. He told the village he would finnish their school. Since he did not fulfill his promise it made him feel like he let the village down.

3 05 2011
Jose Q..

i agree. The us also have more technolgy

3 05 2011
Maisie M.

I think that if they were trying to build a school in a poor part of the US would make a huge difference. They wouldn’t have to build a bridge, and they would just be able to transport the building supplies very quickly and easily. And how Greg has to go from the US to Pakistan every time, it would be easier because we are already in the US. Raising money would also be easier with all the charity programs we have here. It would also be kind of different because the kids here might not be as needy as they kids in Korphe are. They have been living near K2 without any real supplies like we have here. They were writing things in the dirt, we have pencils and paper. They have one teacher come for a short amount of time every day for one dollar, we have eight teachers a day. And the people of Korphe barely can pay for that anymore. So yes, of course it would be very different. And when he comes back to the US I think that he feels like he has, but hasn’t been working his hardest on getting the school built for Korphe, seeing all the schools in the US. But I think this also makes him feel proud of himself, he is making a HUGE change for a little group of people no one has really ever heard of. He did a really good deed considering he did it for nothing! no money, prize or anything like that. He helped the people of Korphe because they meant so much to him. And it was a great way to thank them from how they kept him after he got lost on K2 and practically saved his life.

12 05 2011
Joseph A

That is how I feel too. The U.S school would be a lot easier. You wouldn’t have to waste time buy building a bridge. Also charities would help.

3 05 2011
Collin V.

If i were Greg in a bad part of town in the U.S. and tried to make a school, it would be pretty hard with the government not always on your side. You would have to show them pictures, the area, and a lot more for them to even think about helping you. Fortunately for Greg he had a lot of people to help, donate, and build the school. Greg had it the easier way.

12 05 2011
Joseph A

I agree with what you said because the government might not want you to build a school there. In Korphe the people of the village would be very happy to have the school.

3 05 2011
they call me tyler

If i did put myself in Greg’s shoes, i wouldn’t know what to do i would be confused one way to build a school is a fundraiser people could donate money to help build the school they could also donate books and notebooks to me whether in the U.S or Pakistan it would be difficult but if you try really some kids who don’t get to learn will get to know stuff they never knew about that shows that if you try hard enough you can achieve your goals

3 05 2011
Dr. Jones

I agree because every kid desevres a chance for eductionn, it is just that some people don’t want that to happen.

3 05 2011
Nate E

i think if Greg came back to the USA and the school was not built i think he would be sad and angry also the k2 clinb a fail because he never got where he wanted to gob

3 05 2011
Joser Q..

I can see how it feels to be Greg. He tried to help but really its hard because no one really helped him. Its hard to help people on your own. I wouldn’t like to help people but when i come home i find out its not there. I didn’t really help anyone so its hard to feel like him. For example, if you help someone who is sick and you give them medicine that they don’t take and they die, then you would be mad because you worked really hard and long on something he didn’t take. If you find a cure for cancer and when you tell someone how to do it but they don’t do it then he would get mad because he found out something and no one decided to help him. It would be easier in the US to build a school because the government will pay money to help out the school. Over there its extremely poor and no one there has money to help out to build the school. Also since they don’t have a school over there no one would know how to build it. They wont know any of the measurements.

3 05 2011
Adriana B.

If I was Greg i wound be upset that the school is not built. Also because i would be sad because they might not finish their education. I think it could be different because of how the kids are different on where they are located and how their religion is different. Also on how they have money there

4 05 2011
andreaT

Adriana,i think that it really doesn’t matter about the money it maters about the people that he is helping.But other than that, i agree.

3 05 2011
Sam I

If i was in Greg’s shoes i would probably feel disappointed that the school was not finished. I would have started the school right away so that it might have been closer to being done. I would feel mean and wrong leaving the people of korhpe. to be continued.

3 05 2011
i( live in a )van

I never actually built a school so I don’t know how he feels. But it is easier in the united states. You can hire people to help you and you get a lot of money if its a nice clean good strong school. But in Korphe there are barely any people that can or will help you. You don’t get lot of money to build it either. If i was Greg i wouldn’t leave them because everyone needs education.

3 05 2011
Dr. Jones

The reason i I like Ivan’s is because he is right kids, do deserve a better education than just making numbers in the mud.

3 05 2011
MOHAWK Schaeffer

i agree that it would be much harder to build it there because there is no one that would want to help or really could because they didnt know how to.

3 05 2011
Eva R.

If I were in Greg’s shoes than I would feel really doubtful about myself but even if i did I wouldn’t give up. I would finish building the school. But I would really feel bad about starting something, coming back and not see it finished. That is what I would do and what I would feel like if I were in Greg’s shoes.
I think that it would be a totally different thing to be building a school in the United States than in Pakistan. They are very far from each other and very different. But if you think about it they really aren’t that different than us. They’re just people right? It would be different because if he built a school in the poor part of the U.S. than more people would go there. Also because they wouldn’t be writing schoolwork in the dirt.

3 05 2011
Julissa V

If I were in Greg’s shoes I probably feel very disappointed, for the school not being finished. Also i would start finishing the school right away. It wouldn’t feel to right not finishing the project. there would a lot of difference and similar but it would be better before winter.

3 05 2011
Amani M

If Greg had tried to build a school here in a poor part of the U.S. i think it would be easier but a little tougher because you have to pay for builders and supplies and things. You also have to have a lot of money just to be able to make a school. But, it could be easier because all those workers can help and build it better than Greg could since he’s not a professional.

3 05 2011
Lindsay F.

i think that, that must being pretty disappointing because he trusted them to build a school and it didn’t happen. so it think that he wishes that the people of the town would have done better but the didn’t. also i think he feels upset that he put all this money towards this school and the school isn’t even built!!!!!! so that must be really frustrating for that to happen. But i wouldn’t know really because i have never built a school! so i hope that the school gets built!

3 05 2011
Alexa A

Hey Lindsay i agree with you on that and how they should have worked quicker on building the school. But hey they were cutting stone themselves and that takes a long time. Just imagine trying to cut a stone it’s probably hard work. And they are probably tired.

3 05 2011
Dr. Jones

it would be sad if you were disapointed by someone you know and trust, so I highly agree with you

3 05 2011
Tori H

Well, If i was in Greg’s shoes I wouldn’t feel very happy leaving without the school at least the base built. I wouldn’t be very happy because what If the flights or something got held back or something went wrong and he couldn’t get over there right away. At least the school would have a good start on it. Plus if the plane got held back for some reason he would finish on time.

3 05 2011
bree s.

i would feel like the worst person on the entire earth. i would feel like this because if you make people believe that you are going to stay and take time to build a school for the people who saved you and then you just left without building a school, that is just mean. well if you go back to get help to build the school then you are totally fine. but if you still leave and not tell anyone that would most likely be the meanest thing. depending on the reason i went back to the u.s.a i would feel good about myself or feel like a total jerk. why would someone just leave like that any way?

3 05 2011
Ricky M

if i was in Greg’s shoes i would of felt really bad for the schoo0l not finished yet.i would cancel plans to go to the united states then go back and start to help build the school.i would feel really sad . but if i didn’t change plans i would feel even more sadder than i was if i changed plans. so i would like make a like sort of fundraiser for the kids who didn’t get their school built fully.

3 05 2011
DanielleD

Yeah, it would be like a roller coaster of emotions.

12 05 2011
Joseph A

That is how I would feel to. He didn’t get the school finished in time so they would have to wait another winter before they can go to school. I agree with you.

3 05 2011
Gabby L

If i were in Greg’s shoes about how he left to the U.S. I would, feel worried and disappointed.I would feel worried because, something that could be possible happen very bad to school.There could people that live around that village that don’t have a school and are jealous and would maybe write something on it or do something to make it worst.I would feel disappointed because, not6 finishing the school on time when it is supposed to be done.If Greg had built a school in a poor area of U.S. it would be different.I think it would because, he is close to his family.It would be easier because he could be somewhere they have food water and more for him.Even a place that keep him safe if a bad storm would happen.That place could be more stable than where is now.

3 05 2011
Dr. Jones

It must be very frustrating for Greg if one of the things he loves couldn’t happen. For example, my parents said we might get another dog, but then they just canceled the whole thing because it was too early. Don’t love something unless you know it is true. It would be hard to love if you don’t know if it is true. Greg here may come down to a descion when he needs to choose, his wife, or his friends. Also don’t bet on something you can’t win. Mircales don’t happen a whole lot, so don’t depend on wishing for good luck. Greg may choose a wrong desicon or something he doesn’t feel right about. It can happen, so the moral for this is don’t choose between things if you can’t get both so you know for sure.

3 05 2011
MOHAWK Schaeffer

I think Greg was partially disapointed.Because when he came back they had nothing done.There was no foundation or even walls.And he must have been mad because he has to go all the way to the U.S.A to get supplies.Its not like their town has a shop to get supplies.So if i were him i would have been a little urged that they had nothing done when i just had to go to america to get things for them.

3 05 2011
DanielleD

Yeah, that costs a lot of money to import those supplies.

3 05 2011
Nicole k

If Greg tried to build a school in a small part of the U.S the experience might have been a little different . The government might have gave some money to the people who were going to build the school. Or the government might have not gave them that much because their are giving to much money to other countries for example Haiti . The U.S gives a lot of money to Haiti to build new schools , get supplies , & rebuild homes . But , if i was in Greg’s shoes and went back home with the school still not built i would feel very ashamed , & i would be thinking of how the people felt that i left behind & promised them i would build them a school for their children to have a better life .

3 05 2011
Thaisha N

WOW!! That was an impressive comment. You described what the people in Haiti did and you gave a lot of detail.

3 05 2011
DanielleD

I would feel guilty too if I just broke my promise like that.

3 05 2011
someone named trevor

I think if Greg tried to build a school in a poor part of the USA, I think it would really make a big impact. I think that that the experience would be different because the people didn’t really save his life and maybe they would only ask for money. That’s what I think.

3 05 2011
Thaisha N

Hey Trevor!!! That’s exactly what I was thinking because where would the workers get the money?????

3 05 2011
DanielleD

Thats a really good way to look at it. Just wanting money is what almost everyone wants these days.

3 05 2011
AndreaT

Yeah i also think that because its a different country.

3 05 2011
Thaisha N

Well if I were to put myself into Greg’s shoes, then it would be similar if he built a school in a poor part of the U.S because the workers would have to earn more money because of the equipment that they would need. It would be different because the more equipment they need the more time it would take to figure out how to build the school and what they would use the equipment .

3 05 2011
DanielleD

Q: Put yourself in Greg’s shoes and try to understand how he feels when he returns to the United States with the school still not built? If Greg had tried to build a school in a poor part of the US, how would his experience have been similar or different?

A – I thought he felt devastated. He made a promise to the people of Korphe. but if he didn’t finish it, he wouldn’t fully keep his promise. But they helped him. He was nursed back to health there with their little food they had. They gave him sugar tea, which he would’ve never taken if he’d known how important sugar was to them. So he decided to promise to build them a schoolhouse, what they most desperately needed. If he tried to build one in a poor part of the U.S. it would be a bit different. The people of Korphe are a poor village. Greg would have to find an untaken field or something. Poor people in America don’t unite into one village. So that would be kind of strange for him to build a random school house in the middle of no where. Plus, who would be the teacher? This is what I thought of the book so far.

3 05 2011
Ariana.M

i think you are right i can definetly see him feeling that way because he might not be able to fufile his promise.

3 05 2011
Alexa A

If I were Greg and had to build a school on a very low budget then hey I would be a little doubtful of myself and my capabilities. But i mean every one has bad days and hard times and that might be a hard time. But even though i might have trouble hey it always could get worse or better. And i would never give up hope.
Well if Greg did have to build a school in a poor part of the U.S trust me it would be a lot easier than building a school in Pakistan. And then yeah he would run into problems. Everyone does at some point in time right. Greg might run into problems like running out of wood or cement. Or he could have not built the school in time and had to wait for another mouth or two to start working again because of cold weather.
But all that work is nothing like what could happen in Pakistan like landslides, avalanches, attacks from other villages or terrorist groups. But anyway all that hard work weather it be in the U.S or Pakistan it pays off for us kids cause i could say it’s not fun learning in the dirt.

5 05 2011
Skyler W.

It is true that building a school in the United States would be easier than in Pakistan, but there are some things that would be easier in Pakistan than in the U.S. For an example, I believe that Pakistan would maybe be more grateful for the school than the United States. What do you think?

3 05 2011
SarahL

I do think it would be hard to try to built a school that you can’t get the walls ready to put a roof up.But with nothing ready to go it would be hard to build a school before the winter time comes.And for Greg trying to built a school for the poor part of the America would be similar because he would be doing the same thing has he is doing in the book.And it would be a little easier because they don’t have to carry heavy material across the bridge that was just built.

3 05 2011
emz

i think that the experience would be different because it wouldn’t be so far away and it wouldn’t cost so much money. also there is more supplies out here and it is an easier time working out here. and he speaks there language. there are so many things easier out here then down there but it was the right thing. he helped others because we can help ourselves and he new that at that time.

3 05 2011
Gabby L

This is good.It is easier because, how they would speak his language.your right

3 05 2011
Ariana.M

Q=Put yourself in Greg’s shoes and try to understand how he feels when he returns to the United States with the school still not built? If Greg had tried to build a school in a poor part of the US, how would his experience have been similar or different?

A= I think i can tell how greg feels, well for starters he did make a promise to the people of korphe,and it seems like he feels regretful of the promise knowing the risks of not fufiling that promise one being that he lives in california and two he didnt know where to start. If greg had in fact tryed to build a school in a poor part of the us it would be completly different,because here he would easily be able to by cheep suplies to do it but there it coasted alot of money,and there was know way to get the supplies there because of that big ditch of water so he had to spend all the money that he had saved to build the school on building a bridge to get all the suplies needed to build the school. I personaly think that he has a right to have mixed feelings about the situation.

5 05 2011
My name is jose quiroz

I love how you set up this post. I also agree with you on everything. Hi Loved how you said he made promises. you explained everything welll.

3 05 2011
AndreaT

It would of been different because they might of been more poor then the united states.this is a different country.In the united states its easier and in an other country its hard to get all the equipment over there.I would feel bad because they saved his life! It is NOT the same.The United States has different beliefs than the other country.Its just not the same.

3 05 2011
bwhit13

I think that it is kind of hard to put yourself in Greg’s shoes because you probably haven’t done something that huge before like build a school for kids. The feeling of little kids getting educated and being able to live a good life because of you probably feels great, but Greg didn’t get to finish the school so I think that he is disappointed that he wasn’t able to feel the feeling that he would of probably wanted to because he had to go to the United States before he could finish. Still even if you didn’t finish, its the thought that really counts!

3 05 2011
Monica G

If I was in Greg’s shoes i would be sort of sad. I would be sad because i wouldn’t have my goal reached, I would not know that those kids would have a good education, and i would not want to leave my spouse behind.
I wouldn’t have met my goal yet. This would make me sad because it would be my job to make a school and i didn’t yet. That would mean that they still think you will help and they are waiting.
I would know that those kids wouldn’t have a good education. They try to learn but they don’t have a teacher or a school. It would be my job to do that so if i didn’t I would know that they would not have a good education.
Also if i just got married i wouldn’t want to leave my spouse. We just got married but if i didn’t go then they would get there proper schooling. that is why i would be sad.
I would be sad because the kids wouldn’t get there proper schooling, i had not finished my goal and i would leave my spouse.

5 05 2011
Skyler W.

Monica, I beli8eve that this is true what you are saying, but all your saying is negative things. Don’t you think there are some positive things out of Greg leaving an unfinished school. For an example, Greg will be more determined that he left his beloved school, and would want to go back and make it better. Also, when Greg leaves the unfinished school, it will give him more time to think about making the school bigger and better. Don’t you think so?

3 05 2011
Cailtyn M

I think that if I were in Greg’s shoes and trying to understand how he feels when he returned to the United States with the school still not built I would feel sorry because I let the hole village down . I would feel that way because what if I could not come back to the village again. Also what if the villagers in the village did not want to ever see me again after I left them. So all the time I would be in the U.S. I would really want to be in the village building that school for those students. Then once the school was all finished then and only then I would return to the U.S. relived that i made a great school for the students

3 05 2011
bwhitt13

I agree with you Cailtlyn, i think that it is hard to put yourself in someones shoes because you don’t really know that persons life cycle so it might be hard for someone to see how special this means to Greg to build the school, but i would feel bad if I let the village down and didn’t get to finish the school. Great explanation!

4 05 2011
Gabby L

I agree what you are saying.I would feel the same way.What you said how they would think when you come back and they don’t want to see me no more.

3 05 2011
Vant man bailey

I kind of know what Greg is going threw he has not finish the school and it a poor village with a poor government so l bit it hard but l know what he should do he should make fliers to say if you want to help a poor village and help a lot kid have a school like us bring as much money as you can and donate it to the village.

4 05 2011
Ricky M

I might not of felt so bad because at least they have the major part of the school so they might be able to finish it by themselves so i wouldn’t have to lead them through everything. also i think that putting a like foundation in America will help a lot

4 05 2011
Maegan G.

I can’t place myself in Greg’s shoes. I may be able to understand how he felt,but not exactly. He probably felt disappointed in himself and upset. He probably felt horrible. But, he probably couldn’t forgive himself unless it was done. It would be easier to build a school in the , U.S That’s because we have more supplies and it would be easier to get the supplies here.

4 05 2011
lusez

If i was able to put my self in his shoes I would feel terrified and exited at the same time.I would feel that way because I would feel like a outsider because I was gone for a long lime.

4 05 2011
Jaret M

i think that he would be very dissapointed to come back to the us and see there poor part even though they have homes they dont have a school and to know that with people with homes made from tree out the bark they dont have school i think i would feel very bad too

5 05 2011
Joseph A

If I was in Greg’s shoes, I would be kind of sad. This is because he didn’t get the school done in time. They would have to last another winter without a school. If he did build a school in america, it would’ve been easier. This is because the government would’ve paid for the supplies. Also they would have construction workers to get the job done faster.

11 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that you are right on how he feels about leaving and going back to the united states.Without the school finished

11 05 2011
Danielle E

I think that i would feel bad because I would be coming back to the United States with the school still no built and it would be like leaving something behind and it it isn’t done in time so it would be another winter without a school for the little boys and girls to use because if they don’t have a school then they have to stick with taking sticks and writing in the dirt or snow or what ever they could write on but they have to do this because the school still isn’t done a Greg is going back to the United States and he can’t do anything about it because he can’t build the school by himself without help from anyone and in the dead of winter it gets cold in the winter even if you do it by yourself. I can see why Greg feels sad about leaving and going back to the United States with out a school finished.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

I think that he should be building schools in all the poor places in the world not the US because all the other poor places might not have the money in there government to build schools where in the USA we have the money and our government could build schools. we have plenty of schools anyway if we can’t build a new school in the US we still have plenty they could send there kids to.

12 05 2011
Abbie B.

I think the reason that some people don’t want to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan they think of terrorists. But 99.999% of people in those places are nice people. Only the people that are crazy and believe that their religon is correct and anyone who does not believe in that religon should be killed is what the people in the US know about. They assume everyone there is evil,but that is not true.

16 05 2011
McKenna W

I think Greg felt really bad for leaving without finishing the school. I know I would feel like i was letting them down. All of the kids were wanting a school, and he left. I think he wasnt thinking about how it would efect the other people. I think he was thinking about Tara and that was all he had on his mind when he left. Its hard to put yourself in Gregs shoes because its hard to imagine being so selfish.

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