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Teaching Loyalty

Teaching Loyalty

Educational Development and the Strategic Hamlet Program

Chapter:
(p.173) 5 Teaching Loyalty
Source:
Aid Under Fire
Author(s):
Jessica Elkind
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813165837.003.0006

This chapter considers efforts to develop South Vietnam’s education system.The discussion centers on the US Operations Mission and International Voluntary Services(IVS) education advisers who introduced American-style schools and English-language instruction.These aid workers believed that their efforts would not only help modernize South Vietnamese society but also advance counterinsurgency aims.To explore the tension between those often-competing impulses, the chapter examines the IVS education team’s involvement in the strategic hamlet program.Its participation in strategic hamlets represented IVS’s most striking acceptance of a South Vietnamese and US policy that had little connection to humanitarian or economic development but rather accelerated military escalation in Vietnam.

Keywords:   Education, Schools, Strategic hamlet program, International Voluntary Services (IVS), Ethnic minorities

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