Archive | June, 2018

Mutual Obligation Makes Us Human

        “No, I don’t want to be obligated,” my father replied without hesitation. The occasion was a 1973 visit with my father to help with some yard work. The task required prolonged digging. The old short spade in the garage meant bending and inevitable back pain.  That would not do. A long […]

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The Strange and Bitter Fruit of Education Policy

            In New York City, one of the most diverse yet segregated school systems in America, privileged parents routinely object to, resist, manipulate, and scheme to avoid sending their children to school with others whom they deem undesirable. It is easy to condemn these white, upper-middle-class resistors to school integration and de-tracking […]

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