Education: Excuses

Foolish the farmer who, having dug into his pocket to buy a horse, leaves the beast munching in his stable and trudges to town afoot.

Some such homily was intended by the Department of the Interior, whose Bureau of Education last week announced a waste of 250 millions in country schools of the U. S. The attendance of 72,120 children in 70 counties of 10 states was examined. 141.7 days in the 365 was the average total attendance. Half the children had attended school less than seven and a half months, a fourth less than five months, over an eighth less than...

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