The wretched voice of an unintelligent woman wined through a third-grade classroom in Kansas, Mo., one morning last week:
"I'll give you just 15 seconds to rell how many 4's are in 32!" It was one Mary Hickman, teacher, addressing spindle-shanked Jimmy Edwin Christman, aged nine.
"But I can't answer it, Miss Hickman."
The miserable woman's head swam. In her helplessness she brought a broomstick into the classroom, which she sat gripping in her hand like an angry witch. Quivering with impotent fury, she looked at her wrist watch.