Education: 50 Years of Small Victories

When 20-year-old Alice Morrison unpacked her Saratoga trunk in her tiny room at the Vineland (N.J.) Training School in 1900, she had a sinking sensation. The silent, halting students she had just seen were far different from the kind she had been taught to cope with at the New Hampton (N.H.) Literary and Biblical Institution.

In 1900, when Alice Morrison came to Vineland, it was one of three pioneer institutions for the mentally deficient,* had been going just twelve years. The rest of the U.S. knew precious little about retarded children (i.e., those with...

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