Education: The Dignity They Deserve

Every spring, various civic and educational groups look over the nation's classrooms and select some man or woman to be their Teacher of the Year. Last week in Los Angeles, such an honor went to a woman who has not taught for a decade. But the choice was not as strange as it might seem. To thousands of teachers across the U.S., Ethel Percy Andrus, 69, could claim the title any year.

Ethel Andrus' fame really began after her retirement. A sprightly, auburn-haired Ph.D. (University of Southern California), she began teaching in 1911, for 28 years served as principal of the Lincoln...

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