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Paul Friedlander steps onto the auditorium stage and looks out on what promises to be a tough crowd. It's the first day of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's summer institute for teachers, and though Friedlander is one of the program's headliners, his introduction elicits only a smattering of polite applause. Some of the teachers don't even bother to put down their morning coffee to clap. Many of them are cranky; a snafu earlier in the morning left them cooling their heels for some 30 minutes at their downtown Cleveland hotel, waiting for the vans scheduled to shuttle them to the day's events at Cuyahoga Community College.
The season of overindulgence has finally come to a close. No, we're not referring to the holidays. We're talking about the political season-- Election Year 1998--which brought some beautifully wrapped gifts to the world of education.