Education: Talking It Out

One way to cure juvenile delinquency is to ask bad apples why they have worms. So argues Psychologist Charles W. Slack, who came upon the method accidentally in a Harvard project started four years ago called Streetcorner Research. Originally, he set up shop in a Cambridge storefront and paid young punks to talk their troubles into a tape recorder to find out what made them tick. In the process, he discovered to his surprise that they talk their troubles out: the crime rate among Slack's subjects has fallen by half.

Having made the discovery, Slack...

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