.....and Mr. Wilson is a most entertaining one in this partly personal, partly professional discussion of the public schools today. He also makes a reassuring rebuttal of some of the more ""colorful critics""- Albert Lynd, Rudolf Flesch, etc., who as laymen have made summary criticisms and reached facile conclusions on the basis of little experience. Mr. Wilson, who has taught for twenty years, will not agree that ""they don't learn anything"" any more- or that ""they"" learn less than they used to. He will agree that the public has defaulted- rather than the schools; that teachers' salaries are inadequate; and that the increasing lack of teachers, and the increasing number of pupils to be taught, are the two dangerous problems to be faced. The American public school is ""doing the best average job in the world""- even if it is at the expense of the child who is more than average....A casual, informal discussion, this includes many marginalia on Wilson's own schooling to become a teacher as well as a likable and reasonable examination and evaluation for parents- and teachers. Alas- reasonableness- illogically enough-does not always provoke a reading- or listening- public.