Education: The Turnip & the Train

The teacher with the funny accent last week told a Kansas City kindergarten class a favorite story she had brought from London, The Tale of a Turnip. In an "infants' school" in London, the teacher from Kansas City entertained her pupils with a U.S. nursery story about The Little Engine That Could.

Ruth Marshall, from the U.S., and Gwendoline Eades, from Britain, were two of 148 U.S. and British teachers who have swapped places for a year, the better to understand each other's ways. The English-Speaking Union helped arrange the trades.

After three months at Kansas City's Sanford B. Ladd School, 29-year-old Gwen...

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