The writer had heard a lot about Miss Beam’s School for Sympathy.One day he got the chance to visit it. He saw a twelve year old girl. Her eyeswere covered with a bandage. An eight-year boy was leading her carefully between the flower-beds.
After that the author met Miss Beam. She was a middle-aged, kindlyand understanding lady. He asked her questions about her way of teaching.She told him that the teaching methods in her school were very simple. Thestudents were taught spelling, arithmetic and writing. The author told MissBeam that he had heard a lot about theoriginalityof her teaching method.Miss Beam told him that the real aim of her school was to make the studentsthoughtful. She wanted to make them helpful and sympathetic citizens. Sheadded that parents sent their children to her school gladly. She then askedthe writer to look out of the window.
The author looked out of the window. He saw a large garden and playground. Many children were playing there. He told Miss Beam that hefelt sorry for the physically handicapped. Miss Beam laughed at it. Sheexplained to him that they were not really handicapped. It was the blind dayfor a few while for some it was deaf day. There were still others for whom itwas the lame day. Then she explained the system. To make the studentsunderstand misfortune, the young were made to have exper4ience of misfortunes. In the course of the term every child had one blind day, onelame day, one deaf day, onemaimedday and one dumb day. On the blindday, their eyes were bandaged. They did everything with the help of other children. It was educative to both the blind and the helpers.