Education: Trifans' Triumph

Princeton University Chemist Daniel S. Trifan and his wife last week won their fight to educate their three gifted children at home. (TIME, May 5). Charged with being "disorderly persons" because they kept their children out of public school, the Trifans won exoneration from Magistrate A.C. Reeves Hicks of West Windsor Township, N.J., who found state officials "sadly lacking" in proof that the children are not getting an education "equivalent" to that in schools.

The decision created an interesting exception to compulsory-attendance laws, which were originally designed to force the dull into school rather than to force the bright to stay there.


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