Education: Into a Confused World

The thought of another year as principal of the Hope (Ind.) High School was just about all that husky, greying Maridieth Little could bear. A month ago, he had suffered a heart attack, but it was not just his heart that made him hesitate about going back; it was the way the U.S. school, its pupils and its teachers had developed over the years. Last week, 51-year-old Maridieth Little, a high-school teacher for 17 years, a principal for another 16, gave details:

"Boys and girls talk back in school nowadays without even knowing it. They talk back at home, or they wouldn't...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!