January 11, 1995

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As part of a continuing effort to sample opinion within the field on controversial topics, Education Week invited a number of educators and other closely allied specialists to write briefly on the impact of The Bell Curve, a book by Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein whose conclusions on the relationship of race and social class to I.Q. have ignited fierce debate among scholars and the public at large. Beginning below are edited excerpts of some of the responses:
The dawning of a new year means that the world is given another opportunity to renew itself and to face old challenges with a fresh spirit of enthusiasm. But in the world of schooling a fear lingers that the new conservative political regimes chosen in the November elections may have plans to implement initiatives in 1995 which in the past have brought dread to the minds of those interested in maintaining public education as a bedrock institution in American society.
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