A presentation of the school's place in our status system, and how it must be improved for democratic living. Using children from representative communities of the midwest, the south, New England, etc. to illustrate caste distinctions, prejudices everywhere prevalent, this is an overall picture of how the system operates, at home and in the classroom, and on through life, with differentiations between American and Pole and Negro, between the moneyed and the well born and the poor. How this is reflected in the curriculum, in the teacher, in the administrator, and how the school must function to make democracy work. A program is proposed to obviate the ""status system"". The material in this book is based on a ""middletown"" type of research, popularly reconstructed. It should reach a market beyond that of teachers and administrators.