Archive for October 14th, 2003

14th October
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, October 14, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning” is destined to become one of the most discussed — and despised — books on the nation’s crisis in education in quite some time. It will be discussed because it calmly, methodically, and honestly describes the distressing problems that surround the gaps in academic performance among racial groups in America’s schools. It will be despised by those unwilling or unable to confront hard and often painful truths. Those who would rather shoot the messengers than address the concerns they raise will find “No Excuses” a convenient target. 

    The authors — Abigail Thernstrom, a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and her husband Stephan, a Harvard history professor — have individually and together authored a small library of well-regarded books on historical and social issues, including 1997’s “America in Black and White.” The painful and thorny issues concerning race are familiar ground to them.  (more…)