Between Assimilation and Autonomy

Given the cultural diversity of today’s schools, are students better off when educators focus on honoring differences or fostering a common identity? One of the editors of Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference and a New York City principal offer their views. Plus: this morning's crane collapse; more on the recent shootings around the city; the story behind Scott McClellan's controversial new book; what it means to be human; and when is a road trip a pilgrimage?