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For the first time in eleven years, English-speaking Canadians have a prime minister from their own ranks. Hopeful observers feel this will ease the tension between the rest of the country and Quebec; but they may underestimate the strength of the separatist movement.
Can anything of educational value take place in a disorderly classroom? Are dress codes an unwarranted denial of student civil rights? An educational reformer has some strong answers to these and other troublesome questions.
Ich bin von Gott und will wieder zu Gott. (For William H. Gass)
Recourse to “direct democracy” goes back to the New England town meeting in the early days of the Republic. It is very much the rage again, as California’s referendum on Proposition 13 dramatizes.
“A successful surgeon should be a man who, when asked to name the three best surgeons in the world, would have difficulty deciding on the other two. ”
The Catholic church in Poland constitutes another government, the guardian of the country’s most cherished cultural history. The strength of the church became dramatically clear during the recent visit of Pope John Paul II.
A Time writer once described the newsmagazine’s technique as applying the tricks of fiction to the presentation of fact. That technique has bred many emulators among newspapers as well as magazines. Does it make for more informative journalism than the old-fashioned “just the facts, ma’am” method? Here, in the first of periodical observations on the workings of the news business, a reporter turned novelist examines dijfering approaches to a preoccupation that has become perennial—the effort to divine the future of the last of the Kennedy brothers.
“It is worse than useless to lie in defense of women artists.” The author, a well-known feminist, concedes that there have been very few female painters who can be called great. Why should this be so? The answer lies not only in the social obstacles they have faced but in the inner, psychological struggles they have fought and lost.