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This book summarizes the observations of a well trained progressive educator of 12 year old children. After many years of experience in teaching the sixth grade and from careful study of individual children, the author records her impressions of children of this age. Much of the data is derived from questionnaires given to her classes, and the greater number of her conclusions are based on open class discussions. These tests and discussions give an accurate picture of the attitudes, ideas and feelings of children of this age—or of as many of the ideas and feelings as children of this age are willing to express in open forum.
In addition to the objective observations on children, the author expresses herself freely on parents, discipline and methods of rearing children. Here it must be remembered that she is a teacher of a sixth grade and is expressing herself as one who looks