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Opinion & Essays - April, 1994 Issue #27 

STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT AMERICAN EDUCATION:
Black, Theodore M.
NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. 1982 

Upon his retirement as chancellor of the New York state's Board of Regents, the author shared his views on the state of American Education. As he disposes of sacred cows right and left, his view of what education should be comes out. Some of his observations include: 

"Quality and equality are seldom if ever compatible." 

"Parents are responsible for the education of their children." 

Regarding the separation of church and state, there is no concern for tax dollars going to private religious hospitals or colleges. 

The G.I. Bill was a voucher system that worked. 

"Whenever government has goodies...the result is to encourage bribery, favoritism, and cheating." 

"Our schools and colleges are snarled in red tape and their educational performance is deteriorating." 

"Entanglement with government means entanglement with politics." 

Too many parents now demand more discipline of the teacher than of the students. 

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