Education: Bigotry Condoned

New York City's public-school corridors have never been zones of quiet. In the past three years, they have been even noisier because of a dowdy little Brooklyn civics teacher named May Quinn. The hot-tempered debate about her simmered up out of the public schools, splashed down over the Manhattan press. The consensus: May Quinn was not fit to teach civics to anybody.

In noisy, prolonged hearings before the Board of Education, Miss Quinn's fellow teachers and several of her pupils testified that she had sneered at Italian-Americans as "greasy foreigners," had declared tolerance "bunk," and said that "democracy would never succeed...

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