Education: Experiment in St. Louis

A retarded child had better be given remedial study courses as soon as possible. Otherwise, his problems balloon as he struggles through grade school, become overpowering by the time he reaches high school or college. Last fall, in St. Louis, Public School Superintendent of Instruction Philip J. Hickey began an experimental clinic for retarded third-graders (aged 8-10) in five schools. The results have convinced Superintendent Hickey that he is on the right track.

St. Louis chose the third grade for a good reason. By then, a teacher can tell which child is coming along rapidly, which slowly; third grade is also the...

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