Education: Good Timers Need Not Apply

New college for dyslectics prescribes a stern regimen

At first it sounds like boot camp. "I'm tough on you because I want you to be tough and take anything I sling at you all year," snaps Instructor Ronald Marr to a group of ten young men and women. Then he softens, but not much: "My goal is to teach you how to learn, so that when you leave this classroom and this program, you can survive on your own."

For this audience at Landmark College in Putney, Vt., survival with any sense of self-esteem has been a lifelong vexation. The students are dyslectics, born with a condition that limits...

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