Education: Tchk, Tchk!

New York City parents flapped their newspapers in surprise at big advertisements in which a little girl was shown clinging to her mother's apron and crying : "Mama, I hate to go to school today. It's my turn to stand!" What this doleful picture actually reflected was not anybody's indignation over unseated tots but the concern of 31,000 city schoolteachers for their jobs. The Board of Education, for the first time in the history of the school system, proposed to fire 125 high-school teachers because it didn't have enough money to meet the payroll.

The teachers raised Cain. They not only asserted...

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