In a small Kansas town 40 years ago, a reasonably strong case could be put up in favor of leaving school early. Most of us knew our lives would be spent on the farm or in one of the local stores or at the creamery or elevator. The quickest road to practical knowledge was to do. Fortunately, we came of stock that set the school on the same plane as the home and church; the value of education had been bred into us.
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