Education: How to Handle Dropouts

Students are free to smoke in the toilet and take food into the classroom. They sharpen their wits by playing a classroom version of the television game show Jeopardy. Field trips have included a canoe trip to learn firsthand how pollutants poison a river. A recent guest lecturer gave a frank talk on how to run a quick-fry chicken outlet.

So goes the educational process-at least for some teen-agers&$151;in the tiny (pop. 1,400) Ohio town of Mount Grab. The unorthodox program is the town's proud answer to a universal problem: how to deal with dropouts....

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