Education: Down with Paper Work

Everybody agreed that James Worley, head of the English department at big (1,160 students) Fox Lane High School near Mount Kisco, N.Y., was just about the finest teacher they knew. And academic standards are high in the suburban Westchester County area, home of many a well-heeled Manhattan commuter with an eye on Harvard for his son. But last week able, balding Teacher Worley, 38, was fired. Reason: he refused to file lesson plans with the front office two weeks ahead of class.

Worley blew his stack over an irritation familiar to many a classroom teacher —the seeming fondness of administrators for more...