Education: Ready or Not . . .

In downtown Chicago, the posters had been up for days—"State Street is ready for school." The shops had been ready with new wardrobes, the stationery stores with book bags and fountain pens. Last week, schoolchildren in Chicago and elsewhere were reluctantly ready, too. Their jeep-hats bobbed in school corridors, their scat-talk filled the classrooms, some of their jackets bore the inscription "Bebop is spoken here." In bebop or any other language, vacation was definitely over. Across the country, some 30,000,000 public, private and parochial schoolkids, the biggest crowd in history, were back in class or getting ready.

Opening day was a nerve-racker...

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