January 26, 1994

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After a period of faltering fund-raising and turnover in leadership, things are looking up for the New American Schools Development Corporation.
Americans are profoundly ambivalent about the value and function of advertising in contemporary culture, and so it's understandable that educators and scholars continue the endless gnashing of teeth about Whittle Communications (''Whittling the School Day Away," Commentary, Dec. 1, 1993). Recent debates among educators in California and New York State about Whittle's Channel One classroom news program represent one of the important jobs of educators, in selecting and sorting students' access to information and ideas.
As I watched my son James board the school bus for his first day of kindergarten, I thought of a boy named Tony.
If, as the Bible tells us, ''Without vision, the people perish," then the future of learning in America ought to be secure. We're all but awash in visions for restructuring education, and more are being floated every day on a rising tide of foundation and federal funding.
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