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If the past is any pointer, current calls for educational excellence face formidable obstacles. Not only has the progressive century repeatedly rejected the goals of basic schooling; its strain of sentimental individualism has helped gradually to inflate the child's status to demented parity with the adult's.
Washington education circles are spinning with talk about The Big Issue, namely what will become of the Department of Education during the administration of a President who has vowed to "dismantle" it.
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