Dart, Francis E.
January 1963
Foreign Affairs;Jan1963, Vol. 41 Issue 2, p360
Academic Journal
This article recounts an author's experience when he was asked to go to Nepal in order to teach science and to introduce new methods and equipment to the science teachers there. Soon after his arrival, he realized that he is not really needed in the area. And he is convinced that the objections were not directed at him personally, nor at American assistance. It was more a matter of the social structure of a Nepalese college, which does not permit a professor to admit that there is anything more for him to learn, and of unwillingness to accept the changes that might result from a different sort of teaching. The author relates all this because it is substantially the situation in many underdeveloped countries. American aid is offered and accepted at top government levels and then met with resistance or polite evasion when it is delivered.


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