Dr. Fine, who was The New York Times Education Editor for twenty years and is now a constant writer and spokesman in this field has assembled a tremendous body of information and assessed it soundly and his book represents the main streams of thought, practices and procedures in education today. From the nursery school to the college and university (even the foreign school) he summarizes what is taught, how it is taught, and what difficulties and lacks obtain along with corrective measures under consideration. He discusses the variations among children, from special situations-the gifted child or the handicapped child- to all the testing that is done with its limitations; he presents the teacher (his qualifications, training, salary, needs) and teaching aids (from machines to textbooks to television); he considers administrative factors; and finally advanced education with its special problems, admissions, costs, curricula, etc. All the sorespots which have been publicized in hot controversy- reading or rather non-reading, the Conant report, integration, foreign languages, and of course science, are included. Therefore the average family, to whom this is directed, will have a synthesis of the problems faced by education today and while it has been predigested for them- it has been fairly presented with sympathy for the hydraheaded problems the population explosion has entailed.