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Harry A. Dawe's criticism of the inclusion of genocide in the new curriculum adopted by the California Department of Education ("'Genocide' Curriculum Is Unwise," Commentary, Oct. 21, 1987) raises serious educational and historical questions. If unchallenged, his views--influenced by his posiiton as head of Istanbul's Robert College--could contribute to what some have called the "dumbing down" of textbooks in the United States, and could undermine the efforts of educators who have been calling attention to the importance of teaching human rights and genocide in public schools.
In Twice As Less: Black English and the Performance of Black Students in Mathematics and Science, Eleanor Wilson Orr suggests that differences between black English vernacular and standard English usage limit some black students' understanding of mathematical and scientific concepts.
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