Education: Retribution

Lucy Madeira Wing, who was 75 last week, is a reformed tomboy. For 52 years, as a kind of "retribution" for an early and intense dislike of anybody in skirts, she has been teaching girls. "Miss Madeira," founder and headmistress of Virginia's exclusive, expensive and excellent Madeira School, went to public school herself. She would like to see the day when private schools like .Madeira close down.

The Madeira School was founded for a grubbier motive than most educators like to admit: Lucy wanted to make more money. A Vassar graduate ('96), Miss...

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