If you've ever wondered why old geezers like me look in unsympathetic disapproval at the cockeyed California school system, listen up and learn.
When I was a kid, every student in my class could read a newspaper (sports and funny pages) by the end of third grade, despite the presence of large classes (40 kids); old books; majority immigrant populations; the Great Depression; yearly epidemics of mumps, measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, whooping cough, diphtheria an...
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