Education: More Fun Than Arithmetic

At home in Oregon's big timber country where she grew up, perky little Elsa Berner used to hear tall tales about a fellow named Paul Bunyan. She never understood why her schoolteachers talked a lot about Hercules and Thor, but never mentioned Paul.

Years later, Elsa became librarian at the Lake Junior High School in Denver, and began ordering all the books she could on U.S. folklore heroes. She also got a teacher friend of hers all steamed up about it. The teacher, Miss Julia Eriksen, had been raised on homegrown tall tales in a Colorado mining camp.

Last week Denver's course in...

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