Mungazi, Dickson A.
The Fall of the Mantle
The Educational Policy of the Rhodesia Front Government and Conflict in Zimbabwe
Year of Publication: 1993
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Wien, Paris, 1993. XXII, 260 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-2109-4 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs
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This study shows that the educational policy adopted by the Rhodesia Front Government that ruled Zimbabwe from 1962 to 1979 contributed significantly to the outbreak of the war of independence from 1966 to 1979. The Rhodesia Front was led by men of extreme political views that contributed to the creation of a national environment of major conflict between the RF and the Africans. In the RF's declaration of its major tenet, «No black majority government in a thousand years,» lay the seeds of a major national disaster which finally ended with the establishment of a black majority government in April 1980. The study is an account of how this happened.
Contents: Origins of Western education for Africans in Zimbabwe, conditions of life and education for Africans, Whitehead's political gamble and the rise of the RF political philosophy, the beginning of the RF's educational policy, RF's policy and church-state conflict, RF's educational policy and crisis in parliament, the fall of the mantle: the RF's educational policy and the war of independence, independence, educational innovation and the problems of the new thrust for national development.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: The author is Professor of Educational Foundations and History of Southern Africa at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in Historical and Cultural Studies in Education in 1977. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on the problems of development in Africa.
«Change is a continuing theme in Dr. Dickson Mungazi's historical works. In this book he delineates educational policy which both symbolized and contributed to over a decade of war. This is a use of the past to inform policy, to bring about a better society, not a dry documentation for the record.» (Robert E. Holloway, Norhern Arizona University)
«This book does more than frame the questions with which many educators and politicians are wrestling today: Why do we educate? What does it mean to have power? Who defines 'achievement'? When does 'efficiency' become an end that determines the means? Dr. Mungazi imbeds these questions and their competing answers in a portrait of Zimbabwe and the Rhodesia Front government with its contradictory agendas, changing contexts and unwillingness to compromise» (Linda K. Shadiow, Norhern Arizona University)
«These detailed and carefully documented chapters will serve as pathfinders for the studies that will come from current national struggles in the Americas, in the former Soviet Union, in Cambodia and Myanmar, and indeed even in Canada and its Quebec 'problem'.» (Gina P. Cantoni, Northern Arizona University)
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