05/29/2011 02:16 pm ET Updated Aug 03, 2012

Education In Alaska: A Different Set Of Challenges

The Southeast Island School District in remote Alaska is a tad different from yours and mine. Take the case of Garrick Obern-dorfer, who commutes to the Thorne Bay school over a half mile of ocean in a 15-foot skiff, a bit tricky in the pitch dark or in four-foot waves. Garrick is 15. On the opening day of trapping season -- think mink, otter and ermine -- scads of students skip school (as do some teachers) to run their trap lines.

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