Education: Black Studies: A Painful Birth

SPURRED by last year's dramatic upsurge of black student unrest, hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities have begun to offer new courses in black studies. Halfway through the academic year, the infant programs are suffering sharp birth pains. Conceived in haste, they are often beset by politics, strapped for funds, and short on qualified teachers. Many of them amount to little more than a quick reshuffling of existing courses offered by various departments, and black students sense condescension. Says Brown University Senior Phil Williams of his school's new black studies program: "It's an...

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