November 2, 1994

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The national history standards that were released last week spin a complex and kaleidoscopic tale of the settling and development of the United States. Woven throughout the 271-page standards document are characters and themes designed to enable girls and boys across racial and ethnic spectra to identify with the U.S. history taught in their classrooms.
"There is no limit to what I can do'' were the opening words at the annual conference of Independent Sector at the Drake Hotel here.
Young people were very much seen and heard at a conference of nonprofit leaders here last week, the outgrowth of an effort to cultivate a new generation of leaders in the philanthropic and community-service fields.
The following is an excerpt from the recommended standards for U.S. history in grades 5-12.
Recently I visited one of the better inner-city Chicago public elementary schools and got my heart broken. Even the armor of being a former urban teacher didn't protect me from the clouts of reality. In this district of Chicago, only 10 percent of the kids get their high school diplomas.
Every so often the religious right looks unstoppable--divinely inspired and poised to reverse our national lurch to perdition. Then there are the other times, when it turns mean-spirited and judgmental. Sometimes, the sides converge or blur, and we wonder where these people want to take us and what they expect of our schools.
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