Barbara Kantrowitz

Tina: The Talk Of The Town

The groom is 67, still witty and elegant but a little gray at the edges, with a predilection for long discourses on arcane topics. The bride is 38, an expatriate Brit who has made a brilliant career combining flash with dash.

There's Life After Yale

American schools have been called the best in the world, the worst in the world and a lot of other names in between. But until recently, few people would have thought of schools as a potential gold mine.

Taking A Lesson From Japan

Picture this: in an elementary-school mathematic's class, children are drawing cubes. One boy is having trouble; although he's diligently copying the teacher's model, his cube still looks crooked.

The Calm After The Storm

At the University of Chicago, Gerhard Casper earned a reputation as a legal scholar and a brilliant administrator. But the most important credential he brings to his new job as Stanford University president may be his status as an outsider-with no connection to charges that Stanford overbilled the federal government by up to $300 million in research grants.

Sexism In The Schoolhouse

The girls in Jill Gugisberg Wall's science class at Farnsworth Elementary School in St. Paul, Minn., get angry when they think about the bad old days. At the schools they attended before coming to Farnsworth, "the boys got all the attention," says Carrie Paladie, 12. "Every time we asked a question, the teacher would just ignore us." Her classmate, 11-year-old Jennie Montour, agrees: "The boys got to participate in everything." Jennie says the teachers made her feel "that I was stupid." Their...

An 'F' In World Competition

President Bush calls his plan for fixing schools "Education 2000." In that year, he promises, American students will lead the world in math and science. But judging by the results of international achievement tests released last week, Bush may have to rename his program "Mission: Impossible." South Korean and Taiwanese students whipped Americans in the math and science exams for 9- and 13-year-olds.

Sociology's Lonely Crowd

Kai Erikson, the chairman of Yale's sociology department, could think of a word that aptly described the mood of his colleagues last week. But, he cautioned, "you can't print it." A more genteel synonym, he suggested, might be "outraged." It was an understandable reaction to the news that a faculty committee had recommended slashing the department's staff by almost 40 percent as part of a broad cost-cutting plan.

A Head Start Does Not Last

Head Start is virtually the only antipoverty program backed by liberals and conservatives, parents and early-childhood experts. Even in the midst of the recession the federal government doled out $2.2 billion this academic year for programs in all 50 states, guaranteeing up to two years of preschool for 600,000 3- to 5-year-olds.

Breaking The Divorce Cycle

There is one day they all remember, the day they first heard the news, the day their world changed forever. For Sara Dadisman, it was her 13th birthday. Even now, two decades later, talking about it is difficult. "It seems as though my mom did it almost to hurt me," says Dadisman, who lives in Madison, Wis. "Sometimes I think, 'Was that real?

From Hero To Crusader

Bart Casamir is gay, black and HIV-positive. Last week, after he watched Magic Johnson's press conference, Casamir was so inspired by Johnson's courage that he wrote a thank-you letter. "He can address the issue better than anyone I can think of," says Casamir, who works for a San Francisco AIDS-education group. "God couldn't have picked a better spokesman." There's no doubt that Magic's admission will energize the fight against AIDS and increase public awareness--particularly among black and...

Showing Its Age

Stanford's centennial celebration this week should have kicked off a season of triumph. The university that started as a tribute to the dead son of a railroad magnate has become one of the world's great centers of learning and research.

A Is For Ashanti, B Is For Black ...

At Shule Mandela Academy in East Palo Alto, Calif, students are pursuing the African ideal. At their early morning assembly (called mkutano, the Kiswahili word for assembly), the school's 42 pupils--all African-American-pledge to "think black, act black, speak black, buy black, pray black, love black and live black." Students sing Bob Marley, not Francis Scott Key.

The Right To Fight

To many feminists, the armed forces have been a model for change. A woman has been selected head cadet at West Point. During the Persian Gulf War, women commanders led troops through minefields in the desert.

Putting Value In Diplomas

For the last few years, employers have been complaining that high-school graduates can barely read and write. A diploma means nothing, for some students, except evidence of attending class regularly.

Tipping The Odds On Abortion

Abortion-rights advocates had reason to worry last week. Although the Supreme Court already has a conservative majority, Thurgood Marshall's resignation makes it even more likely that there will soon be a serious challenge to Roe v.

Doctors And Aids

It is 80 degrees in the Florida dusk, but Kimberly Bergalis huddles under a quilt on the couch in her family's living room. At 65 pounds, she is half her normal body weight.

Growing Up Under Fire

Lafeyette Rivers, 15, and his brother, Pharoah, 13, live with their mother in a crime-ridden public-housing project in Chicago. Avoiding neighborhood violence is an integral part of their daily life, as routine as a trip to the mall in the suburbs.

A Real Test For Vouchers

In Milwaukee's bold experiment, some kids gain but others find the private sector isn't much help Last fall there may have been no bigger fan of school-choice pro grams than Phyllis Purdy.

The Profits Of Reading

The ubiquitous radio and cable TV ads for the reading program Hooked on Phonics promise a lot: illiterate adults will finally learn to read and children will be "extraordinary readers." The program's manufacturer, Gateway Educational Products Ltd., of Orange, Calif., claims more than 400,000 satisfied customers since it was introduced in 1987.

Children Lost In The Quagmire

In Chicago, a heartbreaking foster-care dilemma Sarah's mother was an addict and a prostitute; as a newborn, Sarah suffered through heroin withdrawal. She was taken away from her mother in the hospital and given to foster parents, Joseph and Marjorie Procopio, a suburban Chicago couple who lovingly raised her for the next five years.Then, in 1989, the birth mother and her boyfriend, who claims to be Sarah's father, convinced a Juvenile Court judge that they were off drugs.

The Pregnancy Police

In Seattle last month, two cocktail waiters were fired for rudeness after they balked at serving a pregnant woman a strawberry daiquiri. They instantly became local heroes for standing up for their principles.

Naming Names

At first, she was simply The Accuser, The Victim, The Woman in the Palm Beach rape case. But when a supermarket tabloid--and then NBC, The New York Times and several other newspapers--disclosed her name and details of her personal life last week, she assumed a unique and precarious spot in the annals of modern celebrityhood-exposed, yet still hidden.

Wanted: Miracle Workers

College presidents find it exhausting at the top of the ivory tower There should have been two celebrations in Boston last week. After months of intense searches, both Harvard and Brandeis universities decided whom they wanted as their next presidents.

Cloak And Daggers

If only this were one of her best sellers - "The Spy Wore Red" or "The Spy Went Dancing." Then, Aline, Countess of Romanones, would surely triumph. Alas, this is real life and the villain is neither the Gestapo nor the KGB.

Forgetting To Remember

For two decades, the murder of 8-year-old Susan Nason was a mystery. Police Fin the San Francisco suburb of Foster City, Calif., ran out of leads not long after finding Susan's decomposed body in a wooded ravine.

Diagnosis: Harassment

For more than a decade, a male professor at the University of Iowa medical school spread lies about a female colleague. She was trading sexual favors for career advancement, the stories went--sleeping with her boss, sometimes in a motel, sometimes in his office.