Prof. Tom Gage is a Professor Emeritus in English Department at Humboldt State University, California. He earned his degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. He took the lead in creating the International Studies department at Humboldt State University. He authored Gülen’s Dialogue on Education: a Caravanserai of Ideas. He is a member of the Board of the Consultants for Global Programs, with student exchanges in China, Cyprus, Mexico, and South Africa.
“What I find Hizmet achieving through the dialog centers, that are unlike debates, is that through this performing to and performing for, one reaches a point where we are performing with. With one another. And I find this is a qualitative feature of the Hizmet Movement. This working together, being a Christian, others are Muslims, Jewish, secularists, we are working, really, for solving a problem. And that is performing with one another. And I think this is a part of the key of the Hizmet Movement.”
“The Hizmet schools I have seen do a stellar job in science, math, technology, and engineering. And these are all very, very crucial. But I like the Turkish proverb, “hatırda kalmaz, satırda kalır” [7:10] excuse my Turkish pronunciation. But the idea that the pen is what captures what is forgotten in the memory, the idea that information lasts when you write it down, this emphasis upon writing and speaking, as an expression of thinking, I would like to see more of that in the science classes, in the math classes, in the technology and the engineering classes.”
“There’s been a lot of criticism of the Hizmet Movement. I’ve read, on the Internet, statements about what is happening in the schools. I saw the 60 Minute report, and I am interested in the criticism, and I listen deeply to it, and I pursue it as I can, to see if there’s any grounds. I really haven’t found many legitimate objections.”