The Subnormal Child
The futility of keeping the feeble minded only temporarily and then sending them out among their fellow beings with whom they cannot compete ought to be pretty well established by his time. The feeble minded person is suffering from a permanent deficiency and, therefore, he needs permanent care and protection. It is dangerous as well as unwise for him to get out among society, and it is equally dangerous and unwise for society to allow its feeble minded at large. The feeble minded on the farm or settlement is in congenial environment, under beneficial restraint, his energies and efforts are directed and properly utilized. Here he feels himself among his peers and society can get the most out of him and need not be dragged down by his presence. While the feeble minded can never be made self supporting he may, in the special class and in the institution, approximate it very closely. It is good economy for the state to have its feeble minded provided for, and until provision is thus ultimately made for feeble minded persons the problem of feeble mindedness will always be a vexing one.
Leary, Mary A, "The Subnormal Child" (1927). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29281828.