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Dr. Thurman O. Watson


It is the purpose of this paper to explore the qualities which are necessary to a program of education of the severely mentally handicapped--those who are termed the "educable mentally retarded" and those who are termed the "trainable mentally retarded." I will give a definition of these terms, followed by a short sketch of the history of education for the mentally deficient. I will then try to give some idea of what the goals of special education have become today, and what sort of teacher attitudes, training, and educational principles should be used in relation to teaching these exceptional children.



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