This week on HERE & THERE

Monday February 24th - What we know depends on what we’re taught, and what you’re taught about America in our public schools varies from state to state.  Dana Goldstein led a New York Times team that examined social studies textbooks made for among other states, Texas and California.  History tailor-made for Mars and Venus.  The added information in California is less significant than what’s taken out for Texas, There, students my never know what they weren’t told about African-American achievements, for example. 

Tuesday February 25th -  In every important way, US Immigration Courts are different from all other Courts under federal, state or local jurisdiction.  And in many important ways they are worse than any other American court.  Amy Taxin was part of an Associated Press team that spent two weeks at Immigration Courts in 11 cities and found a growing backlog already near one million cases.  Judges say they’re asked to do too much, too fast to do justice in too many cases.  And then there are the children, before the judge or just in the courtrooms, or in the hallways.  Too many children. The system is still unprepared for them.

Wednesday February 26th -  The President Tweets and the Secretary of State holds news conferences.  This is what passes for American foreign policy these days.  But back when the State department did diplomacy, there were heroes on the front lines. The Ambassadors is the title and subject of Paul Richter’s new book. In case you hadn’t noticed, the work Richter describes is something the Trump Administration has chosen not to do.  As some of the Ambassadors quoted in the book can tell you, disinvesting in diplomacy has `a high cost.