Education: The Defiant Abbess

For twelve years the Communist-dominated government of San Marino has managed to stay in office despite the failure of its schemes to make a proper satellite out of the pocket-size (38 sq. mi.) republic that perches on the Apennines 60 miles east of Florence in north central Italy. But last week an unlikely rebel had the people talking angrily about throwing out the Reds once and for all. The issue: progressive education. The rebel: Mother Veronica, the frail, 74-year-old abbess of the Convent of St. Clare, who runs a top-notch traditionalist school for...

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