May 18, 1994

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The nation's largest computer-manufacturing company plans to focus more of its corporate giving on K-12 school reform, its chairman and chief executive officer says.
The U.S. Education Department and other federal agencies should collaborate with state and local education officials and the private sector to help develop universal classroom access to electronic-communications networks, Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley told an audience of technology-using educators here last week.
I listened to a California state consultant in bilingual education explain recently that "they" (she and her colleagues, I assumed) were trying to eliminate the term L.E.P. from the vocabulary of education, but that, unfortunately, L.E.P. is still the federal government's legal term and so must be used by grant writers in Title VII applications. Thus does the heavy hand of the federal government discourage the politically correct.
At the core of the clamor about the failures of American education lies an assumption about the purpose of schooling that, although widely believed, is unlikely to be true.
If language-minority children--that rapidly growing group of students entering U.S. public schools with little or no English--are to meet the national standards being drafted under goals 2000, then a radical change in education policy and classroom instruction must be initiated promptly.
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