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Tell The People: Talks With James Yen About The Mass Educational Movement

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Published December 1st 1984 by International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
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Matt
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These two interviews of China's great mass education activist and mastermind of rural reconstruction, Dr YC James Yen, by the great China-raised American novelist Pearl Buck, make for a brisk read, and do a great deal to illuminate both the content of Dr Yen's rural reconstruction work, and the background and admirable character of Dr Yen himself.

Buck recounts these interviews with elegance and deep sympathy, and intersperses her dialogue with vignettes from life in the surrounding rural Pennsyl
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So, okay. To put it generally: much of James Yen’s educational philosophy is noble and good-hearted, but I think that some of his smaller claims (like his faith in the idea that smart students actually /want/ to altruistically take it upon themselves to teach their peers) are, um, dubious. That Pearl S. Buck has the balls to say so is significant and valuable. But that she gives these ideas a platform regardless might indicate something shadier at work here.
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Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was a bestselling and Nobel Prize–winning author. Her classic novel The Good Earth (1931) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and William Dean Howells Medal. Born in Hillsboro, West Virginia, Buck was the daughter of missionaries and spent much of the first half of her life in China, where many of her books are set. In 1934, civil unrest in China forced Buck back to the United St ...more

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