The Multitudinous Rs

Early last Saturday morning, the Senate finally approved the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, which attempts to elucidate a set of nationwide educational standards. Below are some of the abilities Congress -- a body known for both its inability to balance budgets and its occasional eagerness to disregard the accumulated wisdom of the past -- thinks high school graduates ought to have in math, history and a variety of other subjects.

Arts

-- Know dances and dancers prior to the 20th century

-- Identify historical sources of American musical theater

-- Identify famous musicians

Math

-- Know how to use a...

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