Education: The Present of the Past

Oh, everything is higher, It's sure outrageous, Yes, everything is higher, Except my daddy's wages.

The kids who sang that Depression ditty 30 years ago could not be more unlike the prosperous youngsters who sing it nowadays at New York City's private Fieldston School. Yet they are linked in thought and feeling through their history teacher, John A. Scott, 46, who gives his students a passion for possessing the past as if it were the present.

Scott recently staged a smash-hit "New Deal Assembly" at Fieldston, complete with soup kitchen, union songs and F.D.R. speeches....

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