Family learning

Readers' Views No 236, March 2003
OECD Observer

It is rare that I see my family's situation reflected perfectly in an article in a journal such as the OECD Observer. However, this came to pass in your 40th anniversary edition (No 235, December 2002).

My family has truly lived “The Learning Business” (pp. 26-28). My wife (a US citizen) met me (a UK citizen) during postgraduate studies in England in the early 1970s. We married and moved to “mid-America.”

Jump forward a generation. Both of our daughters have studied outside the US – one in France, Italy and Canada (undergraduate), and the UK and France (postgraduate); and the other in Japan (high school) and the Pacific Rim (undergraduate “semester at sea”). Also, we have added exchange students (Japan, Brazil and France) to our family over the years.

Not only has our children’s generation been blessed with a breadth of experiences, but we also, for our part, have been personally “blessed” with our share of the $30 billion bill. It’s only money!

—Duncan Horner, Pittsburgh, PA USA

©OECD Observer No 236, March 2003

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