February 20, 1991

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Over the past few months, the research reported in our recent book, Politics, Markets, and America's Schools, has been sharply criticized. Indeed, two prominent critics, Albert Shanker and Bella Rosenberg, both of the American Federation of Teachers, have all but dismissed our research as worthless.
How," I asked a group of high-school teachers recently in a workshop on the Constitutional provisions regarding war, "can the reluctance of Congress to debate the advisability of battle in the Persian Gulf before January be explained?" "Oh, that's easy," one shot back. "Cowardice." "Might not a Supreme Court decision," I ventured, "exert a check on future Presidential action by virtue of the High Court's moral authority?" "It has no moral authority," I was told.
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