Education: Coleman on the Griddle

Few professors have caused as much furor as did James S. Coleman when he suggested last April that court-ordered busing was a failure. He claimed that a new study of his showed school desegregation often drove white children out of city schools, thus causing more segregation. The presumption was, of course, a familiar one in parlor debates on the subject. But it was major news that the highly respected University of Chicago sociologist seemed to have verified it. After all, ten years ago, at 39, Coleman had become a sort of godfather to busing...

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