Education: Heresy

The newly elected tenth president of the University of Illinois is a man accustomed to using plain words. Last week some of them boomeranged back at him.

A famed child-psychologist and long time professor at the University of Iowa, in 1938, tweedy, babyfaced, middle-aged George Dinsmore Stoddard jolted his colleagues by demonstrating that I.Q.s (supposedly determined at birth) could be altered by environment. The methods: 1) planting some 300 children of feeble-minded parents and "poor stock" in good homes, where they turned out quite bright; 2) observing the "deterioration" of apparently normal...

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