Education: The Gospel of Work

When a British prison commissioner, Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise, visited a model U.S. reformatory in 1902, he first became convinced that a bad apple can spoil a barrel. Back in England, he yanked some young offenders out of the regular prisons, moved them away from the older, rottener apples to a Kentish village called Borstal. There he began an experiment in straightening out youngsters gone wrong. Its basic idea: "the gospel of work."

This week the 21st branch "Borstal," on the Earl of Plymouth's Worcestershire estate, opened its doors. Working without supervision, an advance party of Borstal boys began to restore the Earl...

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