Violence-ridden Church Junior High School is the setting for a hard look into the world of "education," a world filled with hatred and deception, boredom and indoctrination, generously financed by government decree.
The central character is Anne Harte, an idealist who tries to teach by igniting the fire within for knowledge. Unlike teachers who indoctrinate, Anne attempts to teach her students to think. Her commitment to reason, however, places her in direct conflict with the system and those who control it.
Representing the system is the principal, Loretta Daniels who doesn’t share Anne’s commitment to reason. She believes that children must “satisfy their needs, their instincts and impulses by action.”
What results is a fast-paced look at "education" with Loretta and Anne fighting for the survival of their diametrically opposed philosophy. Caught up in the battles are the other teachers and the real victims—the students!
Hard-hitting Robert Kendall, Hispanic Times Insightful William P. Schaefer, American University Fast-paced Alicia Patti, Libertarian Digest
Stark, chilling portrait of contemporary public education Richard A. Cooper, The New York Tribune