Education: An Alarming Spectacle?

How do American children look to outsiders? Last week, after an eight-week tour of the U.S., Sir Basil Henriques, one of Britain's top authorities on juvenile delinquency and longtime chairman of the East London Juvenile Court, gave some friendly but blunt answers. Among his observations on U.S. juvenile delinquency:

¶ "I sat in courts all over the country. On almost every occasion there was at least one case more serious than I ever had to deal with in England during 33 years on the bench."

¶ "It should not be left to the discretion of a policeman whether to make...