Education: How to Teach Biology

Room 455 at Hoover High School in Glendale, Calif, contains a red-tailed hawk that eats horsemeat, a sinister 8-ft. anaconda, hordes of white rats, a map of every ant colony in the vicinity and George Cassell, 28, an exuberant young man who grew up at the foot of Mt. Shasta with a trout rod in his hand, football on his mind and no thought of study. As it turned, out, he was destined to make Room 455 just about the most popular teen-age hangout in Glendale. Since he teaches biology—one of the deadlier subjects in U.S. high schools—this is going some.

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