The Twelve-year Old at Home and School"" -- so runs the subtitle of this excellent study of the relation of the sixth grade child to his home, his school, his contemporaries and the outside world. A successful teacher (in the Cincinnati school system) shares the results of years of analysis and experience. She shares, too, the mechanical system of charts and tests and questionaires used to procure and put into use the data. The stress today is on variability rather than likeness. She sees the child as a human thinking feeling being, alert to the tempo and pattern of the home, critical of parents but wanting a feeling of security in parent-child relationship, and at the same time really seeking responsibility and freedom. There are revealing chapters on the new trends in modern schools, the realization of the importance of emotional guidance, the correlation of various subjects to each other and to life. The final sections deal with the child in the social world, the responsibilities of the home for ideals and attitudes; the problems of democracy, of racial tolerance; sex education; the importance of setting standards for self respect and good manners; the building up of a sense of personal property rights; the overcoming of shyness; the encouragement of individual self expression. A sound and commonsense approach.