From International Socialism, No.12, Spring 1963, pp.30-31.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
With a Foreword by Lester Pearson
George Allen and Unwin. 18s.
One does not expect to find much of value in a book of this kind – a collection of papers presented to a conference organized by The Council on World Tensions Inc and the Overseas Development Institute at Oxford in the Autumn of 1961. Nor is one disappointed. Out of the eleven major contributions, no more than four are of any worth. M.S. Adiseshiah, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, documents the world’s education gap and points the most recent developments in the ideas of coping with it; Max Millikan of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shows some of the difficulties peculiar to education in backward countries. Margery Perham who delivered the BBC Reith Lectures last year contributes some imperial insights into the psychological strains generated in areas where class, colour and change meet; and W. Arthur Lewis, of the University College of the West Indies, fingers, but characteristically fails to string together, a series of highly intelligent observations on different aspects of underdevelopment. It’s not much for eighteen shillings.
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