Education: The Secret World

Have children forgotten how to entertain themselves? Last week British grownups got the lowdown from an exuberant piece of scholarship: the Oxford University Press's new Lore and Language of Schoolchildren* TV may seem to be taming the last of the world's savage tribes, report Authors lona and Peter Opie, but juvenile culture is indestructible.

Few know better than the Opies, a British husband-and-wife team whose previous exegesis of juvenile literature produced the authoritative Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (TIME, Sept. 24, 1951). This time the Opies left the library to listen on school...

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