Education Abroad: The Good Books

When the French Tricolor fluttered down a decade ago, the literacy rate in Viet Nam was about one third (down from when the French arrived 90 years before). Now, both despite and because of the war, two-thirds of the South Vietnamese can read and write. A major reason is that the U.S. Government's AID has flooded the schools with 7,000,000 textbooks in its most successful Vietnamese assistance program. It plans to distribute another 7,000,000 next year.

No longer does a typical Saigon elementary class of 60 kids have only six textbooks, each of a different kind. No longer do teachers...

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