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Private, Non-Governmental U.S. Aid to Education Overseas

by Irwin T. Sanders - 1969

Americans for a century or more have viewed educational activities overseas as a route to social change. Missionaries from the United States, who carried their religious teachings into many countries in the latter part of the nineteenth century, set up schools wherever they went. The purposes of these schools were to train a clergy which could continue the religious organization being instituted and to provide a literate membership which itself could study the Bible once it had been translated into and published in the language of that membership. Though the primary stress was on intellectual and spiritual growth, there was also a recognition of the need to change living conditions. This led, in turn, to the institution of programs in practical arts and agriculture as well as in regular school subjects and to the organization of medical missions and the establishment of medical schools where none had existed before.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 68, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 9, 1969, p. 115-134
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19592, Date Accessed: 9/25/2020 12:23:03 AM

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  • Irwin Sanders
    University of Kentucky
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    IRWIN T. SANDERS is a professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky.
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