This ideas in this movie have stayed with me, at times even keeping me awake at night. You see I worked in northern India in the 1980s in some of the very regions shown on this movie and it was my experience working with adults there that prompted me to return to the UK to train to be a teacher of children. Having written a personal statement about how and why I became a teacher many times, I have often alluded to this experience. For example the section below has been taken directly from the most recent personal statement that I wrote.
My decision to become a teacher came about as a result of my experience in an adult health education programme in India twenty-nine years ago. It became clear to me there that challenging adult perceptions built up over a lifetime was very difficult and that the real potential for change in a society would come about through educating its children.
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