Martha W. Daniels has taught (for twenty years) intermittently in the public schools since 1973, with stints as an auditor filling her non-teaching years. As a military wife, she moved every three years, teaching in six states at numerous elementary, middle and high schools. That broad range of experiences helped her understand the climate of public schools and observe the trends in education. She admits that she received far more from her students than she ever gave to them, but she knows that she made a difference. Her concern for students led her to write this book, with the hopes that educators and the public would be receptive to its message and act upon it.