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Friday, April 9, 2010

QUESTIONS!

Hi all,
I'm running some workshops between American and Omani students. So I'm brainstorming for questions for them to discuss with each other. Maybe you can help me out...

For Westerners: If you could ask anything, what is one question you would ask to a group of Omanis?

For Omanis: What is one questions you would ask to a group of Americans?

Be honest!

Thanks.

10 comments:

Non-Crowned Princess said...

You want me to be honest?

I think I'd like to know what makes me lucky/unlucky to be an Omani undergraduate in an Omani Uni and what makes an American student in America lucky/unlucky to be so.. even though I can't see anything making American students unlucky.

Hope you got what I wanted to say.

muscateeress said...

My question would be:

In a world where people want the absolute best, be it in business, service or health care, do you think there will come a point in time where compulsory Omanisation will actually be detrimental to the development of the country?
For example, if the best cardiac surgeon in the world is not an Omani, should that mean that he should not be employed in the Sultanate, because of his/her nationality, regardless of the quality of care that he/she may be able to offer to the population?

muscateeress said...

My question to the Omani students would be:
Do you feel that there will come a time when compulsory Omanisation will actually be detrimental to the evolution and development of the Sultanate?

Just a little question to get their debate going lol

Clare said...

Great questions....those would both be great discussion questions for the students.

In my own humble opinion, the simple answer would be that Omanis can go to university for free, whereas American must pay the college lots of money to attend a college.

Do you think you're lucky to be in an Omani university?

Also--omanization hurting the country. Wow, big question. I would think that if there is a time where a more qualified person will not be hired because he or she is not Omani, it could be a detriment to the country. However, being self-sufficient I don't think ever was bad for a nation.

Nadia said...

It depends on their age/educational level I guess? Are they university-age?

I've always been curious to know how 'aware' Americans are of the outer world when they're in the US. How tuned in are they to issues and news around the world? What do they really think of Arabs/indians/Africans,etc? Can they locate countries on a map?
I've met so many American students who come to Oman for the first time to learn Arabic,etc, and even though they're more tuned in than the rest, I feel they still lack BASIC knowledge about the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

Non-Crowned Princess,

Can you elaborate please? Domo.

-Omani in US

beefriends said...

The question I would ask both Omani and the American students is:
In Europe (especially France and Belgium) there is a big controversy about Arab women wearing headscarves. There are laws requiring women NOT to wear them in public places because (it is claimed)the headscarves are 1)an offensive display of religion in a secular culture; 2) headscarves are an offensive sign of the oppression of women. But aren't these "secular" and "progressive" laws also offensive and oppressive in their own way? If Jewish men were forbiden to wear a yarmulka, wouldn't that be anti-Semitic? Isn't forcing an observant Muslim woman to expose her hair culturally insensitive and violent?

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Blewyn said...

Perhaps, beefriends, you should check your facts before suggesting a discussion topic. The Belgian proposed law is to ban face veiling, due to the obvious security concern. France also has the same concern, and also has a law banning all external symbols of any religion (including the headscarf) in government buildings. This law comes from the strict separation of church & state that was implemented in France after the revolution, as a result of the historical excesses and oppression of the catholic church.

DR.KHAN SHERIEF said...

OMAN IS STILL CONFINED TO ITS SHELL AND OMNISATION MAY MAKE SO MUCH DELAY FOR THIS SHELL TO BREAK AND HATCH OUT.BUT OMANIS ARE THE BEST KIND OF HUMAN BEINGS ON EARTH I HAVE EVER SEEN. THEY ARE HONEST ALSO.EXCEPT A FEW YOUNG GENERATION