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School administrators have launched a counterattack against critics--especially U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett--who claim that an uncontrollable "blob" of bureaucrats is devouring money that would be better spent in the classroom.
In the following excerpt from the concluding chapter of What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? Diane Ravitch and Chester E. Finn Jr. discuss the importance of history and literature in the American high-school curriculum.
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