Education: School on Wheels

It was 2:30 a.m., and the 16 boys were tired and rumpled as they left Philadelphia's Convention Hall. They had just heard Harry Truman's fighting speech to the Democrats. As the boys climbed aboard their shiny yellow bus for the jolting, three-hour trip to New York, a 15-year-old spoke up: "He's really quite dynamic. I hadn't realized it before."

The 16 boys were the entire student body of Landhaven School in Camden, Me. Boys at Landhaven get their education on the scene, and on the run. Next afternoon their bus was parked at Lake Success, while they watched the U.N. Security Council...