Education: The Cost of Quality

Otto and Mary Krai, who live on a farm near Hastings, Minn., have one main goal in life: they want to educate their son. So last year they took seven-year-old Tommy out of Lakeland-Afton public school after watching him vegetate on a soda-pop diet of "life-adjustment" courses. Mary Krai is a former high school teacher; her 35-year-old husband is a professional mathematician. The Krals decided to school their bright but not prodigious boy at home (TIME, March 2). Tommy's six-or-seven-hours-a-day curriculum: arithmetic, grammar, German, geography, composition, spelling, mythology, music, poetry and chess. Tommy...

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