In an era of chronic ear infections, widespread iPod use, and rampant attention-deficit disorders, school officials have embraced the use of sound amplification systems for mainstream classrooms, pointing to research suggesting that all children learn better when they hear instruction loud and clear, the New York Times reports. A handful of school districts, including those in West Orange, N.J., and Ann Arbor, Mich., are putting amplification in every classroom, while scores of others are requiring the systems in elementary schools. This year, the ...

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