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The World Educational Crisis: A Systems Analysis

reviewed by Wilton Dillon - 1970

coverTitle: The World Educational Crisis: A Systems Analysis
Author(s): Philip H. Coombs
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: , Pages: , Year: 1968
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With the world facing the Seventies, an American flag stands on the moon, President Nixon urges American leadership in supersonic transport, and U.S. Commissioner of Education James E. Alien, Jr. calls for an attack on illiteracy in America, describing the "right to read" as "education's moon—the target for the decade ahead." The time is also ripe for supra-partisan American leadership in articulating how national self-interest can be served by taking an international approach to education. As war jets screamed overhead and an arsonist ignited the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, I recently took part in the first major international gathering of politicians and educators since the first moon landing. At the Rehovot conference in Israel, I found no participant able to get the moon off his mind. Clearly, some of the earth's schoolmen and governments are being pulled intellectually into lunar orbit. Something akin to "reading readiness" seems to be developing in the wake of the moon landing; men and institutions stand poised to cooperate, on... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 4, 1970, p. 672-676
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1797, Date Accessed: 12/1/2020 10:02:22 AM

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    Wilton Dillon, citizen of Virginia and author of Gifts and Nations, once earned an American Legion citizenship award.
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