Education: Lift Up Your Head . . .

The young mother gazed at her first baby, less than an hour old. She had borne a beautiful child, she thought, with clear features and deep blue eyes. "Doesn't she look very wise for her age?" she said to her Chinese nurse. "She does indeed," said the smiling nurse. "And she is beautiful too. There is a special purpose for this child."

Pearl Buck, the young mother, was never to forget those words, spoken 30 years ago. But the joy with which she welcomed her baby soon turned to sorrow. The little girl's body was sound and strong; her mind was doomed...