Education: O.K.'s Children

Omar Khayyam Moore ("My parents just admired Omar Khayyam") is a chain-smoking Yale sociologist with a theory even more striking than his name. Says he: "It is possible for children aged two to five to type, read, write and take dictation.'' And for the past two years Moore has been proving his point in an experiment at his tiny Yale lab. By letting two-year-olds "play" with an electric type writer, Moore gets them reading at second-grade level within six months. His explanation: "The intellectual capabilities and interests of young children have been seriously underestimated."

Known at Yale as "O.K.," Utah-born Sociologist Moore,...

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