Communism in Education in Asia, Africa, and the Far Pacific

By Walter Crosby Eells | Go to book overview

Preface

FOR FOUR years, from 1947 to 1951, the author was Adviser on Higher Education on the staff of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) at General Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. During the last two years of this period he was rather active in working against the Communist influence in Japanese universities and unintentionally became the storm center of violent Communist-led student demonstrations in some of these institutions.

Having reached retirement age in the spring of 1951, he and his wife left Tokyo on a leisurely and circuitous journey homeward. During the next two and a half years we traveled some ninety thousand miles in sixty-three countries, colonies, or other political divisions in the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, and Europe. We traveled by air, by sea, by river, by rail, by bus, by private car, and even by elephant.

During this period we observed educational conditions in most of the countries visited and made a special study of the influence of communism on education in thirty-nine countries of the Far East and Middle East. In many of these countries communism is persistently knocking at the doors of the schools. In many of them it has already obtained dangerous entrance. In others it is the potentiality rather than the current strength that is to be feared.

Europe was not included in this field of special study since Communist conditions in Europe are much better known and have

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