NOTIONS: Throwing out the book on 'remedial' education

On the first day of school, eighth-grade history teacher George Barnes took aim at tradition. With all the arm strength of the former Butler University football player he is, Barnes heaved a history text across his classroom. The book flew past his students' stunned faces and crashed against the wall. Barnes asked the shocked teens: "If you were recording for history what you just witnessed, what would you say?" "Some," said Barnes, "said, 'That Mr. Barnes, he's a crazy man....

 

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