Between Assimilation and Autonomy

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Friday, May 30, 2008

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?

Another Crane Collapse

We get an update on this morning's crane collapse on the Upper East Side.

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Save Our Kids

The six teenagers that were shot in Marcus Garvey Park over the weekend were only the latest victims of an uptick in violent crime that has arrived with the warmer weather. We discuss the situation with Eric Adams, NY State Senator (20th district), and Jackie Rowe Adams, co-founder of Harlem ...

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Eye of the Storm

The biggest story about former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan's new book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception might be the book itself -- or, rather, the tempest of controversy it's created in the media and the White House. Peter Osnos. the ...

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Balancing Assimilation and Autonomy

Is it the job of public schools to foster one common identity or to accommodate distinct group identities? Martha Minow, professor of law at the graduate school of education at Harvard and the co-editor of Just Schools: Pursuing Equality in Societies of Difference (Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2008), and ...

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Crane Collapse: Update

WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman brings us the latest on the Upper East Side crane collapse.


Oh, The Humanity

What does it mean to be human? Does it describe our biology, our conscious intelligence, our ethics or our morality? Or is it something else entirely? This Saturday, as part of the inaugural World Science Festival in New York, a distinguished panel of scientists and scholars will debate the ...

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Goin' On Pilgrimages

In The Road Trip Pilgrim's Guide: Witchdoctors, Magic Tokens, Camping on Golf Courses, and Everything Else You Need to Know to Go on a Pilgrimage (Mountaineers Books, 2007), Dan Austin tells how to make your next trip a transformational experience.

Have you been on a pilgrimage? Comment ...

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