Education: Throw Them Out

A U.S. public high-school class, many experts agree, invariably bogs down to the pace of its dullest and most recalcitrant pupils. What can be done about it? In the current Atlantic Monthly, Ohio High-School Teacher Caspar D. Green offers a remedy as drastic as any suggested yet. Says Green, in effect: throw the recalcitrants out.

Passivity & Protest. "The teachers I know," says Green, "agree almost unanimously in preferring to teach what may be called advanced academic subjects . . . The pupil takes these subjects because of some intellectual spark of his own." The required courses are something else again. Of...

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