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October 02, 1959 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1959-10-02

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Problems of Retarded Jewish Children

BY IKENE MYERSON

limited their ability might be

Jewish reluctance to believe their education would include ai
that Jewish children can be least some Jewish content.
mentally deficient has resulted
Dr. Levinson indicated in
in an almost complete lack of his report, which was sched-
Jewish-sponsored facilities to uled for publication in the
help such children and their National Council for the Tor-
unhappy parents.
ah Education periodical,
The problem, long a hush- "Y e s h i v a Education," that
hush situation, has been discuss- while there were no reliable
ed publicly and at great length statistics on mental deficiency
for the first time by an author- among Jews, an "educated
ity whose professional career guess" would put the figure
has given him an intimate at from three to five cases per
knowledge of the area. He is thousand.
Dr. Boris Levinson, director of
On that basis, assuming there
the Psychological Center of are about 1,000,000 American
Yeshiva University. A report on Jewish school-age children, there
his views was made available would be from 3,000 to 5,00C
at the recent fifth annual din- mentally defective Jewish chit.
ner of the National Council for dren in the United States with
Torah Education. IQ's ranging from zero to 75,
In his report, elaborated on For the greater New York area
in an interview, Dr. Levinson using the same ratios, there are
urged the creation of a Jewish probably 1.200 to 3,000 such
day school for such children. Jewish children.
Such a school, he argued, would
There are three categories of
provide a Jewish environment such persons. There are the un
for mentally deficient children trainable, requiring custodial
and thus assure that however care, with IQ's of zero to 24

(idiots); the trainable, with I rs
of 25 to 49 (imbeciles); and t he
educatable, with IQ's of 50 to 75
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understanding and acceptan ce
collides with a desperate pare it
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child relationship when t he
child is mentally deficient. T he
deficient child, despite his be
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result is damage to the chil 's
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severe, Dr. Levinson noted, "b
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