Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 24.05.1924: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

From the Archive - 24.05.1924: News

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Training for the feeble-minded

If the Conference on Mental Deficiency, which is to be held at Central Hall Westminster next Wednesday and Thursday, is successful in directing a greater measure of public attention to the needs of the feeble-minded child, it will have performed an unusual public service.

For, with the exception of London and one or two other counties and a few of the greater county boroughs, the provision made for training the mentally defective is lamentably inadequate.

The extent to which existing provision falls short of what is necessary may be gathered from the last annual report of the Chief Medical Officer of the Board of Education and from statistics published by the board.

"The report of the school medical officers for 1922," said Sir George Newman, "record 29,250 mentally deficient children of school age. In London, where the system of diagnostic examination is particularly good, there are two educable mentally defective children in every 1,000 in average attendance.

"If this percentage be applied over the country we get upwards of 50,000 mentally defective children. …

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