Education: Paik's Progress

When South Korea's Minister of Education George Paik first ordered his country's schools reopened last December, teachers and principals alike were ready to throw up their hands in despair. Nearly all of South Korea's schools and colleges had been closed during the Communist invasion; 40% of their buildings were bombed and shelled beyond repair; many others were left in shambles by retreating troops. But when principals protested to Paik that there were not enough school buildings left to go around, the minister stood firm. "Start schools outdoors," he commanded. "Hold classes in riverbeds, on mountainsides—anywhere."

By last week, as superintendents arrived from...

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