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Articles from Vol. 270, No. 22, June 5

A Grade for Racial Justice
It's not often that a school gets a grade, let alone one on behalf of its students of color. But thanks to the Racial Justice Report Card, a CD-ROM tool created by the Oakland-based Applied Research Center (ARC), many administrators are feeling the...
Beauty and the Beast
And the other thing, because no one has the guts to say it, if we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we do it? What's wrong with it? --James Watson, Founder, Human Genome Project Many people love their [golden]...
CAUSES OF THE RACIAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP ALL DERIVE FROM UNEQUAL TREATMENT : Disparities Demystified
Once again national attention is focused on the racial gap in academic achievement, thanks in part to the high-stakes tests now in vogue across the nation. The appearance of this racial gap is by no means a new development. For years, African-American,...
China and Globalism
The politics of trade will always contrive to decide the most fateful questions in private while leaving public debate to chew over narrow, derivative issues. Thus, by design, the China debate was intended to frustrate popular critics and avoid the...
Desperately Seeking Issues
How much do issues matter in this presidential contest, especially in a year hailed as a time of prosperity and peace? With the primary season long gone (Bob Jones who?), the presidential race has entered a heavy-slogging period, in which Al Gore and...
Disinterestedness Dies
When, in 1980, George Will was discovered to be coaching Ronald Reagan on debating tactics one minute and pronouncing him a "thoroughbred performer" the next, journalists professed to be shocked and angered by Will's ethical transgression. But when...
Even Worse Than Orwell
Add now to our "God that failed" dishonor roll the famous Italian name of Ignazio Silone, who turns out to have been an informer at a considerably greater level of infamy than that of George Orwell, who passed along to the British secret police the...
LA: Call the Feds
When Chief Bernard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department heard the news in mid-May, he reportedly went into rigid shock. Seated across a table, the Justice Department's civil rights head, Bill Lann Lee, read to him and a handful of other officials...
LOS ANGELES BUILT A DESPERATELY NEEDED SCHOOL ON A TOXIC SITE. THE ABANDONED STRUCTURE IS NOW A PAINFUL SYMBOL OF RACIAL STRIFE AND INEQUALITY : The School That Wasn't: Politics and Pollution in LA
Los Angeles Fernando Contreras points to the area behind a green mesh fence where his family home used to be. He is about to be a grandfather for the first time. Still, he is a youthful-looking man with brown, wavy hair, wearing the uniform of the...
MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY, IS KNOWN FOR ITS RACIAL DIVERSITY AND GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO WHY ARE STUDENTS OF COLOR LAGGING BEHIND? Race in Class, after Integration
Evelyn Gay is a computer programmer for Prudential Insurance; mother and wife; modern-day race woman (co-founder of a small but thriving African-American education fund); and a solid member of the upper middle class, having surpassed her parents (to...
NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW CHILDREN IN MILWAUKEE'S VOUCHER SCHOOLS ARE FARING : Who's Vouching for Vouchers?
Cammillia Mays is an African-American single parent who, like millions of parents across the country, faced a difficult decision when her daughter turned 4 years old. Where should she send her to school? She had heard of Milwaukee's voucher program,...
Out of Africa
AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL * BATTLEFIELD EARTH Visiting Harare in 1993 on the occasion of a film festival, Djibril Diop Mambety was asked his name, his occupation and how he would like to be described. His reply to interviewer Rachel Rawlins: "My first...
Racial Justice 101
In a presidential election year, few issues inspire more citizen anguish and less political substance than public education. This year is no exception. Although there are some important differences between the candidates--Bush likes private school...
Sartre's Roads to Freedom
Paris Asked where he was coming from, my friend's son replied, "From the demo against the death of Sartre." It was April 19, 1980, and the definition fitted perfectly, for Sartre's funeral, attended by some 50,000, could be described as the last...
SCHOOL COLORS: The Racial Politics of Public Education
For this special issue, The Nation asked a range of experts and activists to answer a series of questions on race, politics and educational inequities. The interviews, excerpts of which follow, were conducted by longtime progressive educator Herbert...
Scientific Dramaturgy
By now, you may have heard that the new play Copenhagen, arrived on Broadway this spring wreathed in garlands of awards from a two-year run in London, is a play about science--quantum mechanics, in fact, and the relationship between Nobel-laureate...
Smaller Is Better
Amid all the shouting about the failures of our public school system, and all the evidence that standardized-testing manias like the current one have not historically led to anything but short-term improvement in test scores, we know of another educational...
THE HIGH-STAKES TESTING MANIA HURTS POOR AND MINORITY STUDENTS THE MOST : Testing, Testing
With education among the electorate's top priorities, the phrase "higher standards" has become ubiquitous in political campaigns across the country. Ever since the publication of the Reagan Administration's A Nation at Risk in 1983, the standards-based...
The Truth about Hate Crimes Laws
For whatever reasons, it took the death of a young gay white man at the hands of two other young white men in Wyoming to bring the issue of violence aimed at lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people (LGBT) to national consciousness. While...
TRIBES FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE TO BLEND CULTURE WITH TRADITIONAL COURSEWORK : Teaching (Native) America
"How many of you can name one of the Backstreet Boys?" I ask William Cornelius's sixth-grade social studies class at Indian Community School (ICS) in Milwaukee. Dozens of shouts: "Howie"--most students name at least two--"Kevin." "Who was the first...
Unfair Harvard
When Harvard employees rallied for a $10.25-an-hour minimum wage in early May, backers packed the Yard. Credit the Progressive Student Labor Movement's Living Wage Campaign with a fine job of publicizing the rally. But there's no denying that the appearance...
WHILE SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS THRIVE, OTHERS SELF-DESTRUCT. WHAT'S CLEAR IS THAT THEY CAN BE A TOOL FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, AND THEY NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET : Giving Charter Schools a Chance
Ask a supporter of charter schools whether that vogue new concept holds promise for inner-city children. By way of an answer, you might get invited to a quiet corner in the hardscrabble Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. There, in a building one...