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What We’re Reading – November 6, 2013

Article by Brittney Bain November 6, 2013 //   3 minute read

Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker writes this week in Politico on the importance of foreign assistance to Afghanistan and highlights the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) as an example. “Since admitting its first 50 students in 2006, the university has promoted values including equal rights, the rule of law, and entrepreneurship, all of which are essential to continuing the country’s transformation into a true democracy. More than 1,600 full- and part-time students attend the university in 2013,” says Crocker.  AUAF has produced 11 Fulbright scholars since 2006, and it offers a law program and the only MBA in Afghanistan.

The Bush Institute’s Afghan Women’s Project is especially proud to support AUAF for the crucial role it is playing in empowering and educating Afghan women, who were denied access to education under Taliban rule. Improving the lives of women and girls with education and economic opportunity provides the fastest way to growing Afghanistan’s economy, raising living standards, and promoting peace. 

Dr. Eric Bing, Senior Fellow and Director of Global Health at the Bush Institute, suggests an article in the Washington Post on the cost-cutting efficiency of hospitals in India. Indian hospitals are using a hub-and-spoke design, task-shifting for routine care, and making cost-effective choices to save money and improve medical care. While India’s health care system has many problems, the ability to provide quality care at a fraction of the price could provide a lesson for other countries.

In a column in Oklahoma City’s The Journal Record, Michael Carnuccio, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, uses the Bush Institute’s Global Report Card to compare schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma with the rest of the world. The Global Report Card provides demographic information for every school district in the country and allows parents, educators and community leaders to compares their local schools’ test scores with global competitors. The Education Reform team is pleased to see Carnuccio and others use the Global Report Card to do exactly what it was designed for - to demand higher achievement in our schools.