Education: Earthquake Drill

The teacher's pencil tapped. Like a colony of frightened prairie dogs, 40 or 50 moppets bobbed under their desks, opened big flat geography books over their heads. Teacher marched to the door, counted up to 40. Then "earthquake drill" was over.

That extraordinary performance might have been seen in almost any Berkeley, Calif, public schoolroom last week. It was no joke to Berkeley citizens. After last year's Long Beach disaster a state survey commission found 19 of Berkeley's 21 schoolhouses wholly or partly unsafe.

Out of buildings totally condemned the Board moved...

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