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Norman Cousins, the long-time editor of Saturday Review who, in recent years, was best known for his books on illness and the psyche, died Nov. 30 at the age of 75. The following essay was submitted to Time magazine shortly before his death and published posthumously.
"Ninety-five percent or more of children are ungifted." That's what my local school district's newsletter told me the other day. Moreover, it went on to explain, this ungifted majority--nearly all our children--has trouble grasping and retaining knowledge, working independently, forming good relationships, even appreciating social values.
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