Education: Report Card

¶ After sifting the reports of more than 4,000 public-school teachers across the U.S., the National Education Association tried to answer the question: How widespread are juvenile delinquency and plain misconduct among today's pupils? Though two out of three teachers said that less than one in every 100 students is a troublemaker, a substantial number felt that delinquency has increased over the past ten years. Half reported an increase in impertinence and discourtesy, 43% said that more pupils disregard their homework, and about one in three noted a rise in vandalism, drinking, profanity and stealing. In the past year, 28% of...

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