This is a far more general and less personal book than its title would lead one to suppose. Subtitled: A Reader on America's Major Educational Problem, this collection of articles and papers by education experts from the universities, the Federal Government and the school systems very usefully brings together a variety of thought on an alarming situation--almost one million youths drop out of school each year and can't be absorbed into a society which has no place for the undereducated. Paul Goodman and Edgar Z. Friedenberg ask very basic questions about the kind of schools that are dropped out from; they suggest that the rejection which dropping out often implies may be aesthetically and morally desirable. But the emphasis of the profile is on the statistics, the programs, the sociology, the methods--what needs to be done within the structure and how the structure can alter to meet the needs of the students. Considering the broad base of this collection however, would it be that mischievous to include proposals for disenfranchising the schools?