December 2, 1992

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As economists across the country discuss how to reduce the massive federal deficit, they might consider soliciting the advice of a growing number of young citizens whose daily lessons focus to a surprising degree on complex fiscal matters.
In order to get an emergency teaching license in New York City 25 years ago, I had to take an education-methods course in which the professor demonstrated how to pass out paper. At first I thought it was a joke. Not being experienced in educationese, I was not aware that professors of education did not kid around.
For nearly a half century I have watched and participated as one school reform effort after another soared briefly over the horizon and then fell back to earth as awkwardly as a wounded sea gull. Little residue remains of those endeavors except that deposited upon the innovators and designers who conceived and profited from the idea.
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