“We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.” — Ronald Reagan, State of the Union, February 6, 1985. Context.
Book Revew: Culture Shock: Innocents Abroad. American Teachers in the American Century.
“Innocents Abroad—no, not the one by Mark Twain—shows that Peace Corps volunteers, missionary teachers, and even Teddy Roosevelt’s imperialists in the 20th-century’s third world had much in common, not only in being overwhelmingly white, young, and inexperienced but also in their worldviews. To write this book, Jonathan Zimmerman patiently made his way through scads of diaries and letters from teachers, sorting out the debates about education stirred up by rote memorization, corporal punishment, vocational training, church-state relationships, and whether or not to be publicly proud of America. The result is accurate, if not fully processed.”