Tuesday, September 19, 2006

H. Quincy Smith

When I was in school, working on my degree in Education, we often read articles written by a professor by the name of Henry Quincy Smith. Throughout the 1950s, Smith gained fame by studying the daily habits of third graders. In his book, "A World Without Patience: Trials And Tribulations Of The Children Of Grade Three," Smith actually lived among these young people for an entire academic school year. In doing this, he was able to blend-in, and pose, as an eight-year-old male student in a classroom full of third graders. Nobody in the school (students, as well as faculty) was the wiser to this experiment. By the end of his study, Smith concluded through his observations that these students spent the better part of their time retrieving various supplies off the floor, which had been dropped moments before. As well as standing in line at the pencil sharpener, often times up to eight times in an hour.

Today, I read that Henry Quincy Smith passed away at his home in Baltimore, Maryland, thus losing his long battle with acid reflex. He was 72.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seriously think you are the funniest person I know.

Poor Henry. Requiscat in pace.

Frasier

20 September, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which part do you find funny? The death of H.Q. Smith, or this modern-day plague known as "acid reflex?"

Sick.

mwt.

20 September, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know. The whole thing, I think.

Frasier

21 September, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh-Hey there Mark, lil buddy; I really really think that's ACID REFLUX, to be perfectly honest! Not tryin' to be a smart alec (they wouldn't have me in Mensa) Yer ole Northland buddy, Lloyd

25 September, 2006  

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