Education: How to Anger the President

When Ronald Reagan charged the N.E.A. with trying to "brainwash" American students, he was referring to two of its curriculum guides for teachers. One, dealing with the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, states: "It is important to remember that the Klan is only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible and obvious manifestation of the entrenched racism in our society." The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, as well as the Administration and the A.F.T., have publicly challenged this blanket indictment of U.S. society.

The second publication criticized by Reagan is titled Choices: A Unit on Conflict and Nuclear War. Its...

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