Education: The Fat Boy in the Canoe

Watch that tilt, says the new Humanities Endowment head

In the fall of 1980, the conservative Heritage Foundation, at the request of incoming Reagan Administration officials, prepared a provocative critique. One target: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the agency created by Congress in 1965 to provide federal grants to humanities projects. Among other criticisms, the foundation's report excoriated the NEH for funding "grant proposals whose character is at best faddishly innovative," and warned against "federalizing" the nation's cultural programs and institutions. "The NEH," the policy study said, "must not become the fat...

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