Education: Request Granted

After only one semester, pupils in the Washington Grammar School of Riverdale, Ill. had become sold on their new teacher, Perry J. Rockwell. Teacher Rockwell, 26, had never taught much before, but he made lessons fun. He organized his classes into "baseball teams," gave "bases" and "home runs" for questions they got right. He took special pains with the shy ones, built up the confidence of the undersized.

When Teacher Rockwell, a radioman first class in the Naval Reserve, received orders to report for active duty, his superintendent tried to get him deferred till...

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