A Special Teacher Years ago, a John Hopkin's
professor gave a group of graduate students this
assignment: Go to the slums. Take 200 boys,
between the ages of 12 and 16, and investigate
their background and environment. Then predict
their chances for the future.
The students, after consulting social statistics,
talking to the boys, and compiling much data,
concluded that 90 percent of the boys would
spend some time in jail.
Twenty-five years later, another group of
graduate students was given the job of testing
the prediction. They went back to the same area.
Some of the boys - by then men - were still
there, a few had died, some had moved away,
but they got in touch with 180 of the original
200. They found that only four of the group had
ever been sent to jail.
Why was it that these men, who had lived in a
breeding place of crime, had such a surprisingly
The researchers were continually told: "Well,
there was a teacher..."
They pressed further, and found that in 75
percent of the cases it was the same woman.
The researchers went to this teacher, now living
in a home for retired teachers. How had she
exerted this remarkable influence over that
group of children?
Could she give them any reason why these boys
should have remembered her?
"No," she said, "no I really couldn't." And
then, thinking back over the years, she said
musingly, more to herself than to her
questioners: "I loved those boys...."
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