Education: From the Classroom

Like the members of almost every other profession, U.S. educators have a human proclivity for presenting one another with plaques, medals, scrolls, certificates and testimonials. But not often do such honors find their way to the level of the ordinary classroom. Last week, as a part of its bicentennial celebration, Columbia University paid tribute to six teachers who were selected for special honor in a nationwide canvass of schools and colleges. In so doing, it also painted a vivid portrait of the vast variety of theory and practice in U.S. education itself. The...

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