Education: Shortage of Fagins

The rise in juvenile delinquency since 1940, according to the U.S. Children's Bureau, has been 16%. A sardonic and searching statement on this subject was made in the current Educational Forum by Paul W. Alexander, Toledo's Juvenile Court Judge. Wrote Judge Alexander:

". . . Most juvenile delinquency is ... taught. . . . Some astonishing techniques have been developed . . . [although] there are not many Fagins.... An overwhelming proportion of delinquency is taught in the home. . . . Parents are by far the most proficient teachers. Much is taught on...

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