Education: Ramah's Backs & Hands

As principal of the only school in little (pop. 275) Ramah, N. Mex. Leslie Clawson, 43, had reason to be worried. He had 125 pupils for a schoolhouse built to hold 60. Worse still, there were about 120 Navajo children in the region whom he could not accommodate at all. What the town needed was a new $100,000 high school, but unfortunately, the county treasury had only $5,500 to spare.

When Principal Clawson put the problem squarely up to Ramah at an emergency parents' meeting, some strange things began to happen. Mrs. Jennie Johnson,...

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