Education: School for Tommy

"Armadillos," wrote Tommy Kral the other day, "are very old mammals. They have an armorlike covering formed by ossification of the greater part of the skin and of the union of bony scutes." Tommy is a 7½-year-old boy who lives on a farm near Hastings, Minn. He wrote his treatise, which he assembled from reference books, in legible longhand and in ink. The exercise was part of his schoolwork, but such assignments are hardly the usual fare for Minnesota second-graders. Neither are some of the topics the bright, assertive boy tackles with no apparent harm—parts of speech and sentence structure,...

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