May 1, 2005

Next time you say Hanover is isolated

Read this story about the people of Savoonga, Alaska. The suicide rate of children/teenagers is 200 times the average American rate. Savoonga is an island of Eskimos, home to some of the world's most elite ivory carvers and other craftsmen living in horrendous poverty - and the majority opinion is that the government programs designed to help the Savoongans have made life worse. For example, in order to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind, the indigenous language program was removed from all their schools.

This is seriously one of the most amazing Post magazine articles I've read in a while.

1 comment:

  1. Growing up in Hanover offered me a magical childhood.

    I don't think it is "isolated" per say...for no "college town" can truly be "isolated'.