Education: How Not to Play Hooky

John Edwards, 17, had never before played hooky, but "on impulse" one day last week, the senior at Manhasset (N.Y.) High School slipped off with a pal to the U.N. building in Manhattan. There they got in line, bought tickets for a guided tour, and then—pow! A platoon of officials hauled the boys out of line, flashbulbs popped, and Hooky Player Edwards got jarring news: his tour ticket was the 1,000,000th sold this year.

Facing up to the publicity, John manfully discussed the U.N. with Under Secretary Andrew W. Cordier, got a private tour of the executive offices, finally crept back to...

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