James Tooley, author of The Beautiful Tree
Dr. James Tooley spent many years in the slums and rural villages of India, China, and Africa asking one question: Can education be run as a profitable business and still be driven by a humanitarian vision?
Whereas development experts insist that the path out of poverty lies in investment in public schools, Dr. James Tooley draws on his fieldwork to argue that small entrepreneurs and ultra-low-cost private schools are educating the poor.
He is the author of the bestselling book, The Beautiful Tree: a personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves. He is a professor of education policy and the co-founder of OMEGA Schools, a chain of 38 low cost private schools in Ghana.
Show Notes for Dr. James Tooley
- How Dr. James Tooley’s journey began in a slum in India in 2000
- James Tooley’s unexpected findings while doing household surveys in Liberia
- The true and unexpected cost difference between public and private schools in developing countries
- Did Malala go to a public or private school?
- Why Dr. Tooley wants to take his vision to scale
- Why Dr. Tooley’s Omega Schools charges daily tuition instead of monthly tuition
- BRAC, Bangladesh
- Dr. Tooley’s top 3 challenges running chains of low cost private schools
- Marketing tips for low cost private schools
- Dr. Tooley’s lowest moment and self-doubts when he opened his first school in Ghana
- How Dr. Tooley responds to his critics
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