Education: Tragedy of Ears

In Manhattan last week one Philip Shafer, 21, began a campaign. Object: to persuade State Departments of Education to forbid teachers to pull moppets' ears. Philip Shafer, who went to Virginia elementary schools and spent one year at University of Virginia, arrived in Manhattan last year to look for a job. Failing to find permanent employment, he became convinced his big ears were the reason. Thereupon he went to Plastic Surgeon James Stotter. Dr. Stotter said that 50% of cases such as Philip Shafer's are traceable to bad habits (e. g. wearing...

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