Public Schools: Catching Failures in Time

Students may fail to live up to their potential in early grades for complex and varying reasons, but that very failure often triggers a common result: the pupil steadily slides farther behind, gets tagged as a dullard, loses confidence in his ability to compete. In a drastic attempt to check that slide, North Carolina's public-school system is pulling such "underachievers" out of their home schools and into a costly public boarding school in Winston-Salem —with remarkable success.

The school's first eleven-week class of 140 boys is about to graduate. All are eighth-graders-recommended for the training by their local principals...

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