BEHIND THE WALLS by Lois Hobart

BEHIND THE WALLS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although Jacqueline found teaching English and History a provocative occupation, her real desire was to become a journalist in opposition to the ""evidence"" indicated on an aptitude test administered by the school's vocational counsellor, and Jacqueline's first serious romantic interest. As Jacqueline observed, Scott McLaren always advised in the direction of family tradition and custom. Yet her success in creating stimulating classes, her ability to devise intriguing teaching techniques, her obvious insight in dealing with teenagers, could not deter her resignation in June. A summer in Mexico as a student of her photographer friend, Nathan DeWitt, leaves Jacqueline oddly confused both vocationally and romantically. The sight of her own photograph in a magazine article on the problems of the classroom teacher effectively probes the rebellious wall behind which she has hidden. Her real challenge lies in teaching -- and in a real and permanent relationship with Scott. Despite an overly simplified presentation of determining vocational suitability, Jacqueline's search for her place in the world holds some important lessons for groping teenagers.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls