Letter from Annie W. Goodrich, Yale School of Nursing, to Alfred E. Stearns February 15, 1929

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Letter from Annie W. Goodrich, Yale School of Nursing, to Alfred E. Stearns February 15, 1929


Letter from Annie W. Goodrich, Yale School of Nursing, to Alfred E. Stearns February 15, 1929


Dr. Alfred E. Stearns,
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

My dear Dr. Stearns:

I have for some time been intending to write you concerning Miss Sun, though I fear I can not give a very different account than that conveyed in my letter of December 11th.
Miss Sun I think is sincerely interested in continuing in the school. On the recommendation of the instructor in Physiology she took a second examination but again failed. Mr. Taft is of the same opinion that you expressed in your letter of December 12th, that it is a matter of lack of effort rather than of intelligence. He made a suggestion which I believe may bear very directly upon her problem, namely that she memorizes rather than comprehends. This would account for her meaningless answers to some of the questions which have greatly puzzled the examiners.

Under ordinary circumstances we would have the student repeat the courses in which she has failed. For Miss Sun’s Physiology Mr. Taft has suggested as a better method that she be tutored. This would involve some expense. It would not perhaps be justified unless we are convinced that she can qualify in the other subjects. Miss Sun is very hesitant to have you troubled concerning the expense of tutoring. She feels she will be able to meet this from her allowance as her expenditures are very small. In the next six weeks she will have a particularly heavy program of theory. After careful consideration of the matter it was decided that it would be best to wait until she had completed this period, and if she was able to carry the subject satisfactorily we would then, with your approval, arrange to have her tutored in Physiology.

Miss Sun herself has suggested that this be arranged during the summer. Our course, however, is an intensive one extending over twenty-eight months with a month’s vacation each year. I would believe it better if possible for her to have her month free from any such demand. May I assure you that we are not as yet prepared to say that Miss Sun should not continue. I personally am of the opinion that she is quite capable of doing the work, and that if we patiently seek for the means through which she can be effectively assisted that she will eventually complete the course with credit.

Trusting that this will be in accord with your own desire

Very sincerely yours
Annie W. Goodrich


Annie W. Goodrich


Phillips Academy


February 15, 1929


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