Education: Three-Ring Circus

Some 3,550,000 U.S. children go to old-fashioned country schools with only one or two teachers. Whether the schooling they get is good or not depends largely on the wisdom and understanding of these teachers (who usually earn less than $100 a month).

Recently a woman of 40, who had never taught before, took a schoolteaching job in a West Coast small town. After three weeks of it, she wrote a circular letter to her friends. Excerpts:

There are circuses of one, two and three rings. I run, or attempt to run, a three-ringer. Only there are no cages and no whips (whips...

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