BRICKS AND MORTAR FOR EDUCATIONAL REFORM
Reading Muriel Wasi in the present moment reassures our disturbed minds. At a time when the humanities are losing ground in an increasingly instrumentalist advisory landscape, Wasi’s words help us to guard against loss of perspective. The essays included in this volume cover diverse themes, such as curriculum and pedagogy, adolescence and youth, language and theatre. The volume gives us the privilege of meeting a woman in whose personality administrative judgement and experience was enriched by pedagogic subtlety and theoretical awareness. – (from theForeword)
Muriel Wasi(1912-1995) was educated at the University of Madras, where she took a Triple First Class and topped the Presidency lists for the year 1933, and at the University of Oxford. She taught at Maharani’s College, Bangalore (University of Mysore). During the Second Wrold War, she served in the Directorates of Military Public Relations and Public Liaison in South India, Assam and Delhi, editing three war journals. In 1952 she joined the Union Ministry of Education, editedThe Education Quarterlyfor several years and served here and on deputation to the National Council of Educational Research and Training for 18 years. She worked as Consultant in Area Studies to the US Office of Education twice; once on behalf of the Government of India in New York in 1964-65, and later in a personal capacity in Indiana in 1971-72. After her retirement from the Government of India in 1970 as Deputy Educational Adviser, Muriel Wasi taught English at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and the Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi.