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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

McGrath, Hazel
How foreign educators react to US,   pp. [26]-28


Page [26]


  Exchange student programs are
hailed by many as one of the most
effective means of strengthening inter-
national harmony. These programs re-
sult not only in greater understanding
of his host country by a "foreign" stu-
dent, but in a deeper appreciation of
basic human similarities by those resi-
dents who come in contact with him.
  This month the Alumnus presents
the first in a two-part series on foreign
students. Following will be an article
by Don Anderson, '25, recently returned
from an around-the-world trip, who will
suggest ways in which Wisconsin alumni
can offer specific contributions to inter-
national understanding.
   That international group of secondary
cducators from across the world which
dex eloped  into a closely-knit 'Little
UNESCO" during three months at th:
University split up in mid December.
  The 21 men and women carried away
with them a mass of impressions gained
as they traveled up and down Wisconsin
studying the educational systems, the
communities, and the people. From Pul-
aski to Milwaukee, at corn-picking con-
tests and teachers' conventions, in private
homes and in public places, they have
noted the manners and mores of the
Middle West with interest, approval,
and in some cases, downright amazement.
   ''We were much impressed at the in.
formal spirit of cooperation and friendli.
ness which prcvails everywhere between
parents and children in the homes, and
betwcc'n teachers and children in th,
schools," said Sundaram   Krishnaratnam
of Madras, India.
  All have made warm friends in com-
munities which discoxered for the first
time that Asiatics, Nigerians, Egyptians,
and South Americans are all, beneath
their surface differences, alike in their
hopes and aspirations, especially in their
deep desire to create for their children
the best of all possible worlds.
   'Room 222 of the Education Build.
            how foreign educators
react to US
                    The foreign educators who studied American secondary
education from the campus of the
                    University had as their "mentor" Mrs. Ruth
Crary of the U. S. Office of Education.


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