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April 5, 1913


Author Affiliations

Professor of Mental Diseases, University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1913;60(14):1054-1057. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340140016005

A great deal has been written and spoken in recent years on educational reform. Much has been mere intellectual soapsuds, beautiful as the prismatic colors on the surface of a soap-bubble but having no more substance. Some of the criticisms of present methods have been wise, sane and practical, written by competent men not hunting for popular acclaim, and it is to be hoped that in the slow but steady progress of time, a progress rarely helped by noise, the opinions of these men will prevail, and that the reforms which they have suggested will be put into effect.

To-day, however, the quiet man who knows, he whose words should carry weight and have authority, has less chance to be listened to than that other man who knows how to write or speak in the style of a newspaper headline. The newspapers and the cheap magazines have attempted to usurp

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