Education: Machines v. Morons

Educators were very wrong when they thought that the machine age would simplify life for morons and imbeciles by making it easier to train them to make a living at routine machine jobs. A specialist in training subnormal youngsters, Director Emily T. Burr of New York City's Vocational Adjustment Bureau has concluded after long experience that machines are actually squeezing morons out of jobs.

Dr. Burr, who reported her findings at The Woods Schools (for "exceptional" children), Langhorne, Pa., learned that it takes a moron (mental age eight to twelve) or an imbecile (mental age three to seven) at least two years...

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