Foreign News: Cool Sicilian

All over Italy schoolboys were delighted when Dr. Gaetano Martino was appointed Italy's new Foreign Minister. As Minister of Education, Dr. Martino had cracked down on the comfortable Italian habit of turning out thousands of ignorant youngsters with college degrees and a smattering of Latin while training too few mechanics and skilled workers. "Flunk without pity lazy or stupid students," he ordered examiners. As a result, June exams became known as "the slaughter of the innocents."

Spare, soft-spoken Dr. Martino, 53, is by training not a diplomat or politician but an educator and...

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