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According to The Commercial Appeal, U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. decided that, to determine what students need to help them achieve, he should ask the students themselves. While there can be little doubt that Ford s plan stems from genuine concern and is not just an excuse for some mighty swell photo-ops, it should be pointed out that similar experiments conducted during the 19th century quizzing inmates on how to better run the asylum proved to be unsuccessful.

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