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February 10, 1912

Precocious Children.

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Pittsburgh, Pa.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(6):427-428. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020111020

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Jan. 27, p. 277, I note an editorial on precocious children as judged by Professor O'Shea in a recent issue of Science. As Professor O'Shea takes the liberty of speaking of my little daughter, Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., as an example of a precocious child, I consider it my duty to Winifred as well as to other children to reply to the professor's arguments.As a great lover of children and an enemy to the present system of public school training, which I believe makes boy and girl automatons, I have been earnestly studying childtraining for the past ten years. From these observations, I cannot agree with Professor O'Shea that precocious children do not observe people and Nature as much as children untrained in book knowledge. What are good books but store houses of knowledge gathered by great minds after long periods of research on

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