Education: Repeaters

Laggard students who flunk and repeat courses cost more to educate than smart ones who pass everything. This is manifestly unfair in a public school-system in which each student should benefit from the same amount of the public funds. W. M. Kern, school superintendent of Walla Walla, Wash., believes that laziness accounts for most failures. Last week he asked his school board to evaluate a high school education, suggested $480, or $30 per course. He would have students who repeat courses pay $30 per repetition. Thus, he said, "no pupil could complain since each ... would have as much money spent...

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