Education: Eye Opener

In the cold dark before winter dawn, by the TV screen's eerie blue glare, the show's rumpled star looks like an insomniac alchemist. With spectacles sliding down his nose, he brews electrons, protons and mesons while evoking Newton, Faraday, Planck, Einstein and Heisenberg. To watch NBC's Continental Classroom (6:307 a.m.), some 275,000 Americans are sacrificing sleep for science five days a week.

Classroom was fathered last October by The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. It was mainly designed to upgrade science teaching in U.S. high schools, whose best teachers have long...

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