JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
An interesting experiment in educational methods which is attracting
wide attention, is deserving of the special consideration of physicians. Very
few are now persuaded that all men are born equal in the sense that intellectual
qualities have been doled out with unfailing regularity. What certain pupils
are able to accomplish with comparative ease, others of the same age and of
the same social stratum may find very difficult. For these latter pupils attendance
at school becomes a depressing routine, a constant source of worry and nervous
unrest, and prone to be rendered still more unpleasant by intellectual tension
out of school hours and the discouragement of the feeling of incapacity. How
much of harm the attempt to cast all the pupils of each class in one mold
has done, only those can realize who have seen delicate children run down
every year under the strain of their school work.
BACKWARD CHILDREN AND EDUCATIONAL TECHNIC.. JAMA. 2004;292(10):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1247