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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 11, 2007 / 23 Iyar, 5767

The Little Rock crisis returns

By Paul Greenberg


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | LITTLE ROCK — Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock Crisis of 1957, another one is fast developing here.


Last week it even made the front page of the New York Times, and it wasn't pleasant reading:


"Fifty years after the epic desegregation struggle at Central High School, the school district here is still riven by racial conflict, casting a pall on this year's ambitious commemorative efforts.


"In the latest clash, white parents pack school board meetings to support the embattled superintendent, Roy Brooks, who is black. The blacks among the school board members look on grimly, determined to use their new majority to oust himů."


So much for the chances of a fair and impartial hearing for Dr. Brooks, the hard-driving school superintendent who came here three years ago with the avowed aim of making this school district the best-performing urban school district in the country.


So he's been slicing away at a bloated bureaucracy, sifting resources to the classroom, trying to raise academic standards, and in general educating kids instead of just going through the same old motions.


All of which has shaken up the dead wood and stirred up those who miss the status mediocre quo, notably the teachers' unions.


When the union-backed members of the school board became a 4-3 majority after last fall's elections, it was only a matter of time before Dr. Brooks would have to fight for his job.


Because when a man comes to town with a dream, it doesn't take long for the killers of the dream to appear, too.


This isn't really a fight over race but over power. It's a fight over what education ought to be about: learning or political patronage.


By now it's evident even to a New York Times reporter who's just passing through town that the four-member majority of the school board, aka the Gang of Four, are determined to oust this school superintendent. He's been entirely too interested in improving education. And his critics were determined to restore the shoddy old order they were comfortable with. But his right to a fair and impartial hearing before being suspended got in the way.


One result is that Little Rock's school district, which finally got out of court after half a century of litigation over school integration, is now back in. Claiming the board was denying him due process of law, Dr. Brooks has got the hearing that was called to suspend him suspended itself. At least for a few more days.


A meticulous federal judge, the Hon. G. Thomas Eisele, now has warned the president of the school board that any hearings to suspend and/or fire Dr. Brooks had better be fair and impartial, not "simply a sham and pretense and therefore constitutionally invalid."


It took years, decades even, for Little Rock and Arkansas to get over Orval Faubus' historic crisis of '57.


How long will it take this community to get over this fast-developing Crisis of '07? Who knows? It's already under way and may already be out of control.


You'd think this would be the perfect time for Little Rock to show the world how far Arkansas' capital city has come since '57. But instead of a history lesson, we're offering a kind of historical re-enactment. As if we'd learned nothing in half a century.


There's still time, if not much, to call off this whole, unnecessary show. There's still time to avoid more disruption, confusion and bad feelings — all of which are mounting daily. Not to mention legal fees, potential damages, and embarrassing stories on the front page of the New York Times.


Wouldn't it be something if the city woke up, united, and aimed for a different kind of headline? For example: Little Rock Overcomes Its Divisions/ School System Forges Ahead.


Think of all the fussin' and feudin' and lawyerin' we'd avoid.



Imagine if Little Rock's school superintendent and school board would go off on a nice weekend retreat somewhere, complete with rest and recreation, a mediator trained in resolving disputes, and the press there to report the happy ending. Cake and ice cream all around!


But for now that's just my own private dream.


In the meantime, the Crisis of '07 builds. As if a narrow but willful majority of our school board had learned nothing from the one in '57.


Please, ladies and gentlemen, one Little Rock Crisis was enough.

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