LOSING THE RACE? Joanne Jacobs observes, in light of the Michigan affirmative action rulings, that the real educational inequalities begin in kindergarten. She has a weblog entry and a column on racial differences in attitudes toward achievement. (This linked article is useful reading.) I'm old enough to remember when civil rights meant getting the segregationist agent of government out of the schoolhouse door, and something about denigrating academic effort as "white" suggests that some elements of the civil rights community have left me behind.

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