Education: Be Good, Boys & Girls

Like many another schoolboy, Giuseppe Conte, 16, a sophomore at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci High School, felt misunderstood. He was sure, for instance, that his math teacher had it in for him. He was always prepared, Giuseppe assured his parents, but Professor Renzo Modugno, a crippled war veteran, twisted the questions so he couldn't possibly answer. Last week, when the semester's grades were announced, Giuseppe heard that he had flunked his math. To make matters worse, Professor Modugno humiliated him by announcing that even the failing grade was higher than he deserved. Giuseppe...

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