Why bother to send teenagers to school at all? Their minds were so clogged with hormones they couldn’t possibly learn a complex system like calculus or chemistry, much less the wild tangle of a foreign language. Why put everyone to the aggravation of making them try? [She] thought that she could just do the rest of it – watch them for signs of suicide or weapons or pregnancy or drug addiction or sexual abuse – but asking [teachers] to teach them French at the same time was really too much. – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

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