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A Grammar of the Self

From the January 2003 Print Edition

You cannot call up any wilder vision than a city in which men ask themselves whether they have any selves. —G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy Chesterton was wrong, for that other vision stood in the wings. But, writing in 1908, how could he have predicted that parents would one day pay minds so . . . . Continue Reading »

Getting Grover’s Goat

From the December 1992 Print Edition

Herbert Grover is the increasingly visible state superintendent of public instruction for Wisconsin and a man determined that no tax dollar shall be soiled by the hand of a parent on its way to school. The superintendent has fought vigorously against educational choice and is back in the papers with . . . . Continue Reading »

Parable from the Prairie

From the April 1990 Print Edition

In 1984 a federal court held the public schools of the Kansas City, Missouri, School District to be in systematic violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Both the district (KCD) and the State of Missouri had consciously worked to maintain racial segregation in the district's schools. The pupil . . . . Continue Reading »