Education: Parent-Teacher Dissociation

The case before Magistrate A. C. Reeves Hicks of West Windsor Township, N.J., this week goes to the heart of a painfully balanced question of the individual v. society: Are parents entitled to shun public schools and do their own teaching?

Princeton Research Chemist Daniel S. Trifan, 43, and his wife face one year in jail for home-teaching their three children, whose tested IQs are in the genius range of 150-160. According to the West Windsor Township school board, they have broken the New Jersey law that requires all children to attend school or "receive an equivalent instruction elsewhere." Though the Trifans...

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