Questions to Answer & Submit to Substitute Teacher by end of class
- In the opening paragraphs, Neaz was offered 50 afghanis (approximately $1) to blow himself up. He was told that he would collect the money after he finished the job. What might you be able to imagine about the level of poverty that these children live in? About the level of education and exposure that these children have? How do terrorist groups take advantage of poverty and illiteracy?
- In paragraph 9: “While in the
camp, Dina got to know three Afghani teen boys who told her how vulnerable
they felt due to their illiteracy. They suspected that they were being
manipulated by the adults in power, but had no way to be sure. Dina was
shocked. She knew they were right, but their suspicions also revealed the
boys’ innate intelligence—even though they’d never had a day of schooling
in their lives, they could sense deception by those meant to guide them.”
How is literacy/illiteracy different than intelligence/unintelligence? What might be the consequences of giving an intelligent person inaccurate information? How easy might it be for insurgents to manipulate illiterate people?
- In paragraph 20: “Bridges Academy
helped the boys understand how the dark forces manipulating them
capitalize on their isolation.”
Afghanistan and America are quite isolated from one another. The Afghan teens get information about Americans from the people in their communities. Where do you get your information about Afghans from? Are your sources accurate? How can young people be manipulated through isolation? How can first-hand information empower young people?
- In paragraph 25: “What’s so
brilliantly ironic about Bridges Academy is that it upends the teaching of
hatred and violence into an open-minded telling of universal truths.”
Discuss the irony of this concept.
Also, “The students have managed to crack the code of organized terrorism, one that the U.S. and other nations have been trying to crack for decades.”
Explain how these teenagers cracked the code of organized terrorism. Now that you understand how to crack the code of terrorism, what can you do to make a difference?