Education: Hot Potato

When Painter-Decorator John Larson and his wife moved five years ago into tiny (pop. 557) Johnsburg in northeastern Illinois, about the first thing they did was to head their two children for the town's public school. They soon found that the school was no ordinary public school.

For one thing, all the teachers were Roman Catholic nuns. There were Catholic pictures on the walls, and most of the textbooks were written by Roman Catholic authors. For prizes, the school gave out small religious statues; it taught Catholic songs, said Catholic prayers, and on...

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