Education: Summer with Homer and Vergil

High school teachers get a chance to study the "real stuff'

To win a pay boost or a promotion, secondary school teachers frequently return to college during the summer, often earning credit for taking such soft subjects as "Decision Making and Leadership Development." William Bennett, chairman of the federally financed National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), had a better idea about the instructors' true wishes. Instead of educational methodology or the latest curriculum fads, he argued, "what teachers want to study is the real stuff, the right stuff." So NEH decided to fund...

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