Teachers: Naked Classroom

To watch TV tell it, the U.S. teacher has long been a simple sap like "Mr. Peepers." Now comes a turnabout. He is "Mr. Novak," hero of a new weekly series about a dedicated young high school English teacher. In the resounding words of the producer, Teacher Novak "wages war five days a week against ignorance, intolerance, cruelty and injustice. For this, the board of education pays him $5,842 and gets more than its money's worth."

Last week, in prime evening time, NBC bravely sent Mr. Novak to war against ABC's Combat, and...

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