Education: Progressive

Progressive Tongue-in-cheek note on U.S. education, as given by Editor Kingsley Martin in London's New Statesman and Nation:

"A teacher at a progressive school in the United States observed to her dismay one morning a small puddle outside the classroom door. Most unhygienic. As she walked to her desk she thought: 'We mustn't set up any guilt complexes.' Inspiration came. 'Children,' she said, 'I've noticed that mess outside the door. We must, of course, keep our school clean. So we will all put our hands over our eyes and whoever was responsible will go out quietly and mop it up. Then he...

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