Chronicles Magazine September 1985

Leave the Kids Alone

The recent Supreme Court decision striking down a Silent Prayer Law in Alabama came as a shock to many people. What harm could be done by a moment of silence that the students were free to dedicate—or not dedicate—to a Supreme Being?

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  • VIEWS

    Renaissance in Education

    When I accepted President Reagan's appointment to be chairman of the National Council on Educational Research, I did so because I welcomed the opportunity to learn firsthand how professional bureaucrats approached America's many and increasingly...

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    Transports of Power

    Phenomena, like words, suffer much in translation. To know is to understand, but to be merely informed is far from knowing. We agonize through our books vicariously, then sit to enjoy our dinner.

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    Our Orwell, Right or Left

    In Moscow in 1963, there was a saying: "Tell me what you think of Solzhenitsyn and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and I'll tell you who you are." A similar principle applies today among Western intellectuals and their opinion of George...

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    A Pack of Lies

    Marc Ferro sets out to broaden our horizons. He picks 14 countries (or sometimes ex-countries) to tell us "the vision of the past which is proper to each." By "proper" he clearly does not mean "correct," for he puts his stamp of approval on...

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