February 2, 1994

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Educators from some of America's top public high schools and most selective higher-education institutions meeting here recently pondered what many described as one of the greatest barriers to educational change: the high schools' own success.
After several delays, the Education Department has released a set of controversial regulations designed to strengthen federal oversight of colleges and universities.
In 1971, Samuel Yette published a controversial book entitled The Choice. Its thesis was that African Americans had become an economic burden on the country and that white America had decided to give them the "choice" either of accommodation and assimilation or of extermination. In fact, Mr. Yette postulated, certain factors threatened the very survival of those of African descent in American society.
It is a familiar argument We have a crisis in our schools because we have no high academic standards for students. We must therefore create some standards and then insist that everyone be accountable. It is also a false argument, and misses the real challenge for U.S. education.
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