Education: Case of the Fired Professor

It was a legend at the Nebraska State Teachers College at Peru (enrollment 400) that a student could set his watch by the time when 54-year-old Professor Barney K. Baker started off for his office each morning and started home each night. He was a stooped and moody man who day after day did much the same thing, and year after year gave much the same psychology lectures. Students thought him an odd-sort, difficult to approach, and no man for after-class discussions. In all his 24 years on the campus, he had never made a close friend.

Several months ago Professor Baker...

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