Education: Big Business Becomes Big Brother

Companies adopt hard-pressed schools to expand student horizons

Chicago's Commonwealth Edison Co. is generating a little extra electricity these days. Twice a week 16 representatives of the utility firm visit the Michele Clark Middle School in a poverty-ridden district on Chicago's West Side to teach the principles of supplying energy to the neighborhood. Youngsters from eight classes survey the school's area, christened Clark City for purposes of the project, and assess the needs through scale drawings and detailed models, complete with wiring, batteries and lights. Says Anton Anderson, 12: "I know all about kilowatts now and B.T.U.s. That's British thermal units." During...

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