Teaching: Forced Reading

In a classroom at Chicago's Reading Research Foundation, an attractive blonde teacher brusquely ordered her pupils to "move one-quarter turn." When seven-year-old Kim Helton failed to obey, the teacher bore down on the girl with all the authority of a Marine drill sergeant. "Well, do it!" she yelled. "Move! Move! Move!" Slowly, and blinking back the tears, Kim made the turn. At another class, a young Negro boy began to cry when his teacher rasped out a command to "Think! Wake Up!" Glaring, the teacher snapped back: "Knock it off, Bobby." The sniffling stopped.

Far from being sadistic...

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