Madhusudana Rao wasn't going to let the circumstances of his birth limit him.
Born a Dalit, the lowest of castes, the "outcasts" in India, he lived in desperate poverty. His entire family worked hard, doing difficult physical labor, walking miles a day, so that he and his brother could get an education.
The family expected Madhusudana to get a low-level government job through programs designed to help Dalits, but in reality, there were few job openings. Instead, Madhusudana seized an opportunity...
Now he and his family are No Longer OutCastes. He's an amazing example of how millions in India have been lifted from poverty and are breaking the grip of discrimination.
This was a great video to connect my students and my classroom Pyramid of Success. We made the connection that with hard work and motivation to want to accomplish your dreams you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Susana Belmonte English/Lang. Arts - 7 Montebello Intermediate, Montebello, CA
As usual, another high quality film from Izzit. This generated a lot of interest and discussion in my class since most of my students didn't have any idea that a caste or class system like this one still existed. In general, they all thought it was a backward, outdated system but were able to relate it to a number of other policies throughout history, such as slavery or arranged marriages, that simply are unfathomable to most of my middle class, American students. Keep up the great work.
Michael Eklund Social Studies - 8 Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma, CA
This is one of my new favorites. It explains the culture in another country without judging and shows how hard work and taking initiative can make a difference.
Roberta Phillips Business/Voc/Tech - 11,12 Miami Valley Career/Technoogy Center, Clayton, OH
As always, Izzit provides quality materials about economics in interesting and thoughtful ways.
Mary Peak Social Studies - 7 Timberview Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO