Education: Spreading Foxfire

His tenth-graders at the remote Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia were bored with their English classes, so Brooks Eliot Wigginton set them to work publishing a quarterly magazine of stories about the skills, thoughts and experiences of the elderly mountaineers in the nearby Appalachians. A collection of their stories became a bestseller, The Foxfire Book (TIME, March 27), and now Wigginton's technique of teaching English composition through junior journalism is spreading.

Foxfire started publishing in 1967 and is still going strong. While only half of the graduates of the 240-pupil Rabun Gap school go...