Education: The Dallas Monster

"When a student comes home with a B, it doesn't really communicate anything to the parent," says Dallas School Superintendent Nolan Estes. That could be true, but the "report cards" that the younger pupils in the Dallas Independent School District are coming home with this winter may well have completely eliminated any communication between home and school. The latest educational innovation, imposed upon Dallas parents and children for the first time this fall, is an 8½-in. by 14-in. number-filled sheet that looks more like a page from a company audit than a report card. To assist them in deciphering the report,...

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