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Ted Sanders, superintendent of public instruction in Nevada since 1979, has been named Illinois's superintendent of education.

Mr. Sanders, who was named by some as a potential successor to Terrel H. Bell as U.S. Secretary of Education, replaces Donald G. Gill, whose contract expires in July. Mr. Gill has served as state superintendent since August 1980.

Mr. Sanders, 43, began his career as a mathematics and physical-education teacher and acting principal in Mountain Home, Idaho. Before heading the Nevada education department, he held several administrative positions with the New Mexico Department of Education.

"I love teaching," says North Carolina's 1980 teacher of the year, Linda B. Lee. "It's in my blood and probably always will be." But this year, after 19 years in the classroom, Ms. Lee became a real-estate salesman. She is already earning far more than the $18,075 her nine-month teaching contract provided, she says.

Ms. Lee's disenchantment with teaching grew during her service as a member of former Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.'s North Carolina Commission on Education for Economic Growth.

"There were business leaders on the commission who had the clout to get something done about education," she explains. "But we came out with a report, another report--there is a lot of lip service paid to good schools."

The former teacher contends that while salaries for teachers are far too low, proposed career ladders will simply make some teachers into quasi-administrators. And while6smaller classes for teachers are vital, she says, reducing class sizes to "teachable levels" will "cost more money than legislators are willing to pay."

Citing the growing national investments in the health and welfare of elderly Americans, Stanford University's president warned last month that the nation is making "a disastrously low proportional investment in our young." While approximately equal shares of the Gross National Product were spent on the two age groups in 1970, said Donald Kennedy, 12 years later health expenditures were 50 percent greater than those for education.

"I do not mean to suggest," he added, "that the elderly do not themselves deserve our concern, or even that we are misallocating resources to them. But a failure to invest in the young carries a double liability: Society fails to realize the gains in productivity that it could realize from a cohort of successful and healthy and capable adults. And those uncared-for children exact a secondary cost as they near the end of life and require more help from society, thus perpetuating the tragedy."

Alvin Toffler, whose 1970 book Future Shock captured the nation's imagination with its predictions of radical social change, does not see anything radical in the current surge of school reform. "What we see going on now, with all the talk about education reform, is not restructuring--it's just some premonitory rumblings," he told The Christian Science Monitor recently. "It's a classic response to a need for fundamental change--the initial tendency is to work the old system harder.''

"Right now, schools discourage adaptability and creativity," the3writer said. "They convey the idea that creativity is something that artists and ballerinas have. But those are the qualities that all children are going to need to keep up in a rapidly changing society."

A Roman Catholic priest and a teaching colleague at a Washington, D.C., high school spent Christmas Day not eating or opening gifts but running--running farther than either had ever run before, to raise funds for Ethiopian relief.

The run--a 23.5-mile distance ordinarily traveled by the priest, the Rev. Richard Maloney, in his car between home and church--took 3 hours in damp, blustery weather. The per-mile challenge donations of students and friends of the two runners amounted to $9,000. "I just felt I was standing still on the whole issue," Father Maloney told a reporter. "As someone who wears a collar, I felt I had to do more."

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