Shepard Barbash has been a writer for thirty years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, City Journal, Education Next, and other publications. He is former bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle in Mexico City and is the author of five books, including “Clear Teaching,” published in 2012 by the Education Consumers Foundation. He and his wife, photographer Vicki Ragan, have published an alphabet book of limericks and three illustrated books (including one for children) on the folk art wood carvers of Oaxaca, Mexico. He has advised the Georgia governor’s office and the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on curricular issues and has organized teacher training programs and written grants for APS. He has also worked for E.D. Hirsch at the Core Knowledge Foundation. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
‘If I have been focused on an establishment, it has been the monolithic one in Middle Eastern Studies, not the varied one in Washington. There you at least get some turnover.’
If the noblest goal of affirmative action is to reduce the disparity of fortune between the races, that effort has clearly fallen short.
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