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A decade after the Russian invasion, the Czech spirit of independence is at last re-emerging, and the country’s citizens are searching for ways around a system they cannot confront head-on.
Educators are talking again about raising teaching standards, restructuring courses, and restoring educational values—as well they should be, says a professor who has studied and taught at half a dozen colleges and universities. Will it reverse the trend that has caused a prestigious foundation to describe contemporary general education as “a disaster area”? The professor hopes so, but he is skeptical.
A visit to contemporary, post-Franco Spain brings back memories of an earlier time, when a five-year-old girl learned things she would always remember about friendship, grace under pressure, and human dignity.
Small, poignant achievements in relations between the races cannot alleviate the nation’s despair about its future; meanwhile, its ruling white minority steels itself against criticism from abroad.
The lion’s share of “math anxiety” belongs to women—but biology appears to play no part in this widespread phenomenon.
You won’t find Tommy Dolan in the New York Social Register, nor will you run into Billie G. at the Monet show in the Metropolitan Museum, but they are more New Yorkish than those you read about in People magazine or the innumerable special supplements of the New York Times. Here are a few such characters and their various ways of life, as captured by a young and street-wise newspaper reporter.