Education: A Scot in the Sixth Grade

Miss Isobel MacDonald, an energetic Scottish schoolmarm, spent a year in Manhattan teaching English and history at a flossy private grade school for girls. Back in Britain last week, she summed up her experience in a BBC broadcast. Her central theme: it was a "fight to the finish."

The "most painful aspect" of teaching in the U.S., said Teacher MacDonald, is "the fight put up by the children against being educated." She blamed their boisterousness on the American desire to win ("If you make it almost impossible for [the teacher] to teach, you...

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