What Do We Have In Common?

TIME asked distinguished Americans from a variety of backgrounds to ponder that question, and also the following: Should the teaching of history give more emphasis to our unity as a nation or to our d

"What the curriculum report tried to do was show how this concern with cultural diversity has been misinterpreted. We have viewed it as a matter of helping people to learn more about themselves and others. The primary reason youngsters need to study multiple cultures is to learn how to develop multiple perspectives. This capacity is essential to developing intelligence. We have, I hope, elevated the question from a political debate concerning whose history to teach to the question of how to enable youngsters to use broad, often conflicting bodies of information to arrive at sound judgments."

-- EDMUND GORDON, YALE PROFESSOR...

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