So my daughter had a homework assignment that has me perplexed. Oh, and it doesn't matter if we see your guesses -- we already blew it. But I'm still scratching my head -- what did I miss? The way I'm wording it is massively non-PC, but it's her recount of the teacher's narrative: People in India wanted a bathroom, and they called the Peace Corps and they asked if a plumber could come out to build them a bathroom. And so two months passed and the Peace Corps person comes to build them a bathroom. They greeted the man and took him to the village. He had to wait a couple weeks, because he wanted to get used to the village and work with the locals. Then, he built the bathrooms, men and womens, and taught everyone how to use and clean them properly, and they understood. The elders told the man they would sign the approval papers now, but he said to wait until his assignment was up and then he explored India. 6 months passed and he told the elders he was ready to sign the papers. But the elders said no, because the women and children were no longer using the bathrooms. They refused. Why? That's what the question is. Apparently this teacher has some familiarity with the culture in question, but he has insisted the reason is obvious. Subsequent info: The women found something in the "forest." My initial guess was "who has to clean these bathrooms?" I was thinking the women and kids realized they would be responsible, and quit using theirs, but I was wrong. The children in my kid's class are supposed to use the Socratic question and answer technique to determine whether or not their hypothesis is right, but I must be stumbling right over something. It's been one of those weeks. Am I the victim of yet another thirdburban myth?
Curious George: What the hey? No link, just following instructions. Deer in the headlights, etc.