Education: The School That Works

At Blackburn, student labor keeps tuition down and grades up

It is a typical day at Blackburn College in rural Carlinville, Ill. At 6:30 a.m. a dozen sleepy students straggle to the kitchen of the Allison dining hall, where they will cook and serve more than 350 breakfasts for their classmates. By 8 a.m. other students are sorting the campus mail, collecting the trash or mortaring concrete blocks in a 52-ft. wall at the college's new handball court. By 11 a.m. still others are sweeping out the dormitories, trimming trees and shrubs, and feeding...

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