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  • Popplestone, Ann
    Ann Popplestone CCC TLC 216-987-3584 ... From: daily@chronicle.com [SMTP:daily@chronicle.com]
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      FW: 4/10/2000 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      Ann Popplestone
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      Subject:        4/10/2000 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!
      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education for Monday, April 10.

      • THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS is poised this week to forcefully attack an increasingly popular substitute for affirmative action-automatic admission for students with top class ranks in high school, a policy that California, Florida, and Texas have recently adopted to draw minority students from largely segregated high schools.
      • UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS who attended the first meeting Friday of the Worker Rights Consortium, a new anti-sweatshop group, came away from it pleasantly surprised: The organization, pushed primarily by students and labor groups, was far more cohesive and less strident than they expected.
      • BY A VOTE OF 51 TO 49, the Senate on Friday approved an amendment calling for a $400 increase in the maximum Pell Grant as part of a $1.8-trillion preliminary budget blueprint for the 2001 fiscal year. And a thin majority of senators also backed an extra $1.6-billion for the National Institutes of Health budget in 2001, bringing the chamber's proposed increase for the research agency to $2.7-billion.
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      • THE CREDIT OUTLOOK for community colleges is largely positive, based on growing enrollments, improving financial trends, and a favorable debt position, a new report says.
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      A glance at the spring issue of "Dissent":
      In Singapore, lessons in multiculturalism
      Drawing from his experience teaching at the National University
      of Singapore, Daniel A. Bell concludes that somewhere between
      the teaching of Great Works and pluralistic multiculturalism
      lies a happy, conflict-free middle ground. Mr. Bell, who is now
      a professor of political philosophy at the University of Hong
      Kong, recounts how he began teaching a first-year course on
      political theory in a country struggling to define its
      nationalism. He took the standard Western core of Machiavelli,
      Aristotle, and Mill and added to it Han Fei Tzu, an ancient
      Chinese philosopher. However, an anonymous letter from one of
      his students, in which the student inferred a pro-Chinese bias
      from Mr. Bell's syllabus led him to reconsider; he expanded his
      reading list to include Muslim and Indian philosophers. "Several
      students told me that they enjoyed studying thinkers from other
      traditions, and that this actually contributed to inter-ethnic
      harmony," he writes. Mr. Bell dismisses complaints about efforts
      to broaden reading lists to reflect many ethnicities: that
      drawing lines between ethnic groups may not be easy, that overly
      diverse classrooms could require dizzying and unfocused work,
      and that unequal distribution of how much time each culture
      receives may lead to conflict. "Notwithstanding these caveats,"
      he writes, "I still believe that the principle of ethnic
      inclusiveness in the educational curriculum may be relevant for
      other multicultural contexts-and that this does not
      necessarily involve compromising on Great Works." The article is
      not available online, but information about the journal may be
      found on its World Wide Web site, at

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