To Our Readers: Oct. 19, 1998

By now, America's 53 million schoolchildren have been back in class for a month or so. Last spring, a sizable delegation from TIME began focusing its attention on them. More than a dozen of our reporters, writers and photographers have fanned out across the country to address a simple-sounding question that stays on the minds of parents: How can we make our kids better students? In a 16-page special report, TIME this week examines how and why certain kids manage to excel. This in-depth package offers parents the latest thinking, illustrated by vivid examples, on how to help their children lead...

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