National Forum

Covers a wide range of topics including those of education, business, international affairs, and multicultural issues in an effort to provide documentation for professional research and development.

Articles from Vol. 75, No. 2, Spring

Book Reviews -- Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America by Russell Jacoby
RUSSELL JACOBY. Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America. New York: Doubleday, 1994. 235 pages. $22.95.Russell Jacoby, well-known author of The Last Intellectuals, adds much insight into the "culture wars" currently...
Book Reviews -- the Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
RICHARD J. HERRNSTEIN and CHARLES MURRAY. The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. New York, NY: Free Press, 1994. 845 pages. $30.Perhaps it is an understatement to say that Herrnstein and Murray's The Bell Curve has caused...
Book Reviews -- Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media by Susan J. Douglas
SUSAN J. DOUGLAS. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. New York: Random House, 1994. 325 pages. $23.00.A litmus test of a book like this one, purporting to capture, codify, and enclose neatly within two hard covers the distinct...
Censorship by the Free-Speech Generation
Thirty years after the beginnings of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, a generational turnaround on censorship seems to have occurred. The politically correct movement has replaced the free-speech movement, and the university is where speech is being...
Exploring the Boudaries of Academic Freedom
Freedom of speech gives me the right to say that Aristotle stole his philosophy from Egypt, provided that it is clear that what I am expressing is my opinion, and that I do not pretend or assert that it is factually accurate and true in every respect....
Looking Down the Empty Barrel
Last June I sold an angry and despairing op-ed piece to the Washington Post about the impoverished education that my daughter had received in high school.Through four years of English at New Paltz Central High School (actually five, counting the accelerated...
Pornography and Civil Liberties
"I can't define pornography, " said a U.S. Supreme Court judge, "but I know what it is when I see it." Indeed. Most people do. Pornography is an industry that manufactures and markets a very profitable product. The people who make it, sell it, buy it,...
The Preparation of Elementary School Teachers
The liberal education curriculum should not replace the subject matter or teaching field component of the teacher education program. Elementary education students also should be required to have an interdisciplinary academic major consisting of at least...
Word Up, Word Down
The social attitude toward a particular taboo word is subject to change, however, as has happened with leg (see The Origins and Development of the English Language by Pyles and Algeo). The fact that leg was not to be uttered in polite society during...