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A Teacher Steps Onto the High School Battlefield

Guest critic Maureen Corrigan revisits Bel Kaufman's autobiographical novel Up the Down Staircase, about a rookie high school teacher who must contend with limited institutional support. Corrigan herself is a college instructor, and believes many of Kaufman's insights still ring true twenty years later

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Other segments from the episode on October 12, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 12, 1988: Interview with Elaine Shannon; Commentary on Tomsic Dubravka; Interview with Dougal Dixon; Review of Bel Kaufman's novel "Up the Down Staircase."

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