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Storm clouds are gathering over public education as two powerful forces collide: the need for school reform and the contingencies of an impending recession.
The subtitle of Shelby Steele's The Content of Our Character is "A New Vision of Race in America." But the observations of the award-winning writer and English professor are for the most part deeply personal. Using his own life experiences, he explores how and why block Americans carry within a "memory of oppression [that] has such power, magnitude, depth, and nuance that it constantly drains our best resources." In the following excerpt, he discusses how early wounds to the spirit can be fostered in the school setting.
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