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The increasing isolation of poor minority children is a social time-bomb that is not going to be defused by our current approaches to desegregation. The time has come to reconsider a metropolitan approach to school integration.
It was predictable that schools and departments of education would come to be named among those responsible for the low levels of achievement in our schools. The gross inadequacies in the great majority of students' knowledge of their country's history, as indicated by the recent findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the Center for Civic Education, could not have occurred if these students' teachers had been properly educated. If the performance of students is to improve, so must the training of teachers, and the improvement of teacher education should begin with increased competition for education departments.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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