Education: Canadians Find a Way

What can be done about Joyce? In almost any other North American city except Calgary, Alta. (pop. 200,000), the question might never have been answered. Tenth Grader Joyce, 16, has an IQ of 130. But she failed three subjects last year, and her teachers loaded her report cards with such comments as "No effort, boy friends, more interested in personal appearance than school work." Counseling and conferences did not help; Joyce was an incorrigible shirker. Her school's answer to her case: it simply threw her out.

In Calgary, the Joyces of the classroom are known as "homesteaders"—able Canadian students who refuse to...

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