November 18, 1992

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When Bill Clinton moves into the Oval Office in January, thousands of new federal officials will begin making parallel moves into offices all over Washington. Filling those positions--or at least those in the highest tiers--is the job that will most command the attention of Mr. Clinton and his advisers during the transition period.
In their efforts to reduce school violence, a few state and local governing bodies have passed measures urging schools to adopt conflict-resolution programs. Some have provided funds to encourage the programs. Last year, even the U.S. Congress was working on a similar type of resolution.
Now that summer is long past and those of us who toil in the vineyards of public education are back at it, I could not avoid being reminded of how frustrating some aspects of that toil can be. All the more hollow and misguided does some of the rhetoric in educational journals seem; usually the name of the author is followed by some impressive title, implying an unhealthy distance from the real world of public education. If I seem to sneer at what looks more and more to me like ivory-tower logic, it is because I cannot imagine how some of its more articulate proponents might function in my vineyard.
At 2:30 P.M. last April 29, I was driving through South Central Los Angeles. We had just visited a promising "Schools with Purpose'' class of young black males on a junior high school campus in Inglewood.
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