Education: Skeptics

Life used to run a series of cartoons called "The Skeptics Society" which showed earnest-looking savants solemnly testing and rejecting such saws as "A watched pot never boils" and " 'Tis an ill wind that blows nobody any good." Last week, after four years of research, a Columbia University pedagog announced that he could disprove nearly all of such adages, superstitions and unfounded beliefs. He is Dr. Otis William Caldwell, 63, director of the Institute of School Experimentation at Teachers College, and he has checked up on superstition with many a questionnaire,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!