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Education: A school liked by Alice

At an indigenous school in Alice Springs, Australia, an Anglican head teacher is working zealously to raise the standards of bilingual and bicultural education. Margaret Holness pays him a visit

IT IS about 100°F; the end of a hot afternoon in Alice Springs, in the "red centre" of Australia. Ken Langford-Smith, the principal of Yipirinya School for indigenous children, is driving one of the school buses that take students back to their homes in the dispiriting "town camps" that surround Alice.

Mr Langford-Smith's school day began at 7 a.m., when he picked the children up from their homes. Now, the children are noisy and reluctant to stay in their seats, despite the loud ...

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