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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
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 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.
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.
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.