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Article in Response to Controversy


Making a batch of vegetable soup, it’s not right for the carrot to say I taste better than the peas, or the pea to say I taste better than the cabbage. It takes all the vegetables to make a good soup.(Bender, 1991, p. 130)

When America’s early founders placed the core values of equality and liberty into democracy’s potage, thick with promise, these basic principles were intrinsically coequals. Yet, recipes passed down through the generations, even with the same ingredients, sometimes taste different; maybe not as good as we remember it, or maybe, we begin to add more of one item or another. Ingredient freshness may be a key as well. America’s sons and daughters still enjoy a democratic society that is essentially good and worth preserving; yet, we appear to have acquired a growing domestic appetite for equality that competes with the satisfaction natural to the delicate flavor of liberty.



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Educational law and legislation--United States; Students--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States; School management and organization--United States; Education--Moral and ethical aspects--United States; Minorities--Civil rights--United States

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United States







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