Education: I Hate You

Like many another schoolteacher, Friedrich Haiker of Vienna's Sixth District Volksschule (for boys) was puzzled by his six-to-ten-year-old charges. Why, he wanted to know, were some children so popular among their schoolmates and others so scorned and alone? Last week Teacher Haiker gave a depressing answer.

Haiker had asked each youngster to write down the names of the two classmates he liked most and the two he liked least. After a fortnight's interval, he asked them to name the two classmates they considered handsomest, the two they considered ugliest. With few exceptions, Haiker...

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