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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


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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