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Employees of a manufacturing plant in Freeport, Tex., were recently enticed to lose weight by participating in a contest devised by the company's nurse. Those workers who met the eligibility requirement--the loss of more than five pounds--participated in a drawing for a total of 11 prizes, including a day off with pay, fishing trips, and movie tickets. Of the 686 employees who signed up, 176 met the goal, shedding a collective ton of fat in the process.
Calling libraries "fundamental to educational excellence, fundamental to economic well-being, and fundamental to our democracy," Mary Hatwood Futrell has pledged the National Education Association's assistance in "forging coalitions for the public good"--this year's theme of the American Library Association. Ms. Futrell, president of the NEA, presented her remarks at the ALA's midwinter meeting in Washington this month.
The litany of woes about our public schools reveals a disturbing distortion of memory. One form the distortion takes is to assume that most of what happened in America's schools between 1960 and 1980 was a mistake.
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