Education: Report Card

¶ After questioning 998 Cincinnati schoolchildren on their TV-watching habits, Professor Walter Clarke of Xavier University had some disquieting news to report. The average 12-and 13-year-old, he found, spends 3.7 hours every schoolday before the screen. Over a week, he is apt to consume as much as 30 hours—five more than he spends in school.

¶ Lest anyone think that a teacher can be ''bribed" by the gifts she receives from her pupils at Christmas, a sixth-grade teacher in New Castle, Ind. reported the following Yuletide take to the Kansas City Times: six pieces of double-bubble chewing gum, one bottle of Night...

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