A heartening picture of four years in a one teacher school, not without its disappointments, fears and despair, which nonetheless proves the value of social goals and flexible programs. Here is the rural school, with a new teacher, new ideas. Through four years -- 1936 through 1939 -- the children developed self control, wider understanding, and the ability to take what they learned out into the family and neighborhood and nation. Here is the process of validating and rejecting, of challenging work, of understanding the individual and individual needs, of watching the response to group living. At the end of each year came realization that the final results paid dividends. A New Jersey school -- a perceptive alive teacher -- this brings a human touch to the too usual technical books in pedagogy of isolated, impersonal information.