MANNERS & MORALS: Wilderness School

One day last summer George Wolfe and his wife sat down for a serious talk in their home in the suburbs of Lewiston, Idaho (pop. 15,000). Subject: the education of their seven children, aged 5 to 14. The Wolfes were worried: it was bad enough that daughter Sharon (12), when asked to name the continent she lived on, replied that she did not even know what a continent was; the rest of the children were not making much progress either. Besides, the Wolfes were concerned that most parents in their neighborhood seemed to be losing control over their children....