A little end note:
Last week, I read a book called At the Foot of the Snows by David Watters, a missionary who brought the gospel to and translated the New Testament for a remote people group in Nepal. This quote stood out to me:
"Too many literacy programs, especially those for tribal societies, fail to take these principles beyond superficial levels. Everyone knows that motivation is the biggest obstacle to a reading program, but few such programs hold out to their readers anything more than health pamphlets or better agricultural methods. These are good things, God knows, but how will such technical tracts inspire people to want to read? Any attempt, no matter how well-intentioned, to create a new-and-improved citizen through milk-and-water platitudes masks a vulgar condescension. It assumes that because people are new to literacy, they are new to the most important questions of life - that they are incapable of serious inquiry. To use a modern term, it 'dumbs down' where it should inspire. How much better a literacy effort that treats people in preliterate societies as full adults, and their language as capable of expressing the best philosophical and religious notions of the ages. If we want to preserve people's languages, and if we want them to be literate in those languages, how about giving them somehting worth reading - something ennobling, something that stirs the emotions and fires the passions?"It's not just our little ones who deserve the good stuff: everyone does. It is part of our inheritance as human beings.