Education: Why Hop Ye So?

The mysterious jumping coal at North Dakota's' Wild Plum School (TIME, April 24) proved last week to be in sound accord with the scientific principle of increasing entropy (i.e., that the odds are trillions of trillions to one against lumps of coal spontaneously making little leaps). It was all a hoax, compounded of the pupils' legerdemain and the teacher's myopia.

With the school closed, the community in an uproar and a state investigation under way, Assistant Attorney General James W. Austin finally got a confession from four of Teacher Pauline Rebel's pupils....

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