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THE HISTORY OF METHODS                    31

These marvellous results seemed to be almost miraculous to
those who observed them. But, in my opinion, the children from
the institution equalled the normal children in the public exami-
nations only because they had followed a different path. They had
been assisted in their mental development whilst the normal
children had been stifled and repressed. I thought that if one day
the specialized education which had so marvellously improved the
idiots could be applied to the development of normal children,
the "miracle would disappear from the world, and the abyss between
the inferior mentality of idiots and normals would never be lessened.
Whilst everyone was admiring the progress of my defectives,
I was thinking of the reasons which might have reduced the healthy,
happy pupils of the ordinary schools to a level so low that it could
be reached in intelligence tests by my unhappy pupils.

One day one of my mistresses in the institute for defectives
made me read EzekiePs prophecies which had made a deep
impression on her, because it seemed to her a prophecy about
the education of defectives:

** The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in
the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley
which was full of bones,

** And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold,
there were very many in the open valley; and lo, they were very dry.

" And be said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And
I answered, O Lord God? thou kncwest.

" Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say
unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

"Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will
cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

** And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon
you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall
live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

** So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied,
there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came to-
gether, bone to his bone.