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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 8, 2004


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(10):1247. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1247

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.