ARGENTINA: Unusual and Outrageous

Argentine schoolchildren got a lesson in civics last week. Short time ago the Ministry of Public Instruction ordered every last one of them to write an essay on an arrogant speech by President Edelmiro Farrell. High-school Student Martha Grinberg had an arresting commentary: she stood up in class, tore her copy of the speech into little bits.

Her school sent her home for four days. But Minister of Public Instruction Alberto Baldrich was not satisfied. He denounced Martha for "unusual and outrageous infamy," expelled her, forbade her to enter any other school, suspended two of the teachers of her school for...

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