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Small and midsize cities may become the next beneficiaries of school-reform support from philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg.
Finland, a country best known for vodka, modern design, skiers, and saunas, also has a track record of impressive achievements in education. So on a trip last year to Helsinki, I included a series of visits to schools and teacher preparation institutions. I spoke to students, teachers, parents, administrators and, of course, to taxi drivers hoping to find lessons for schools in the United States. In general, I learned the following:
Educators take note: Teenagers trust their teachers more as a source of AIDS information than they do their family, friends, sexual partners, television, and even trained outreach workers.
In 1851, a Louisiana physician and American Medical Association member, Samuel A. Cartwright, published a paper in the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal wherein he described a new medical disorder he had recently identified. He called it drapetomania (from drapeto, meaning "to flee," and mania, an obsession), and used it to describe a condition he felt was prevalent in runaway slaves. Dr. Cartwright felt that with "proper medical advice, strictly followed, this troublesome practice that many negroes have of running away can be almost entirely prevented."
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