Stories from the Sunday School Times – Part 3
A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to collect case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy’s future.
In every case, the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.”
Twenty-five years later, another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to those boys. With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors, and businessmen.
The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further.
Fortunately, all the men were living in the area; and he was able to ask each one, “How do you account for your success?”
In each case, the reply came with feeling: “There was a teacher.”
The teacher was still alive so he sought her out and asked the elderly but still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull the boys out of the slums and into successful achievement.
The teacher’s eyes sparkled, and her lips broke into a gentle smile.
“It’s really very simple,” she said. “I loved those boys.”