Introduction: The politics of childhood.--Learning and getting it right at an early age: Fuchs, E. How teachers learn to help children fail. Hamblin, R. L., and others. Changing the game from "get the teacher" to "learn." Witter, C. Drugging and schooling. Silberberg, N. E. and Silberberg, M. C. The right to learn versus the right to read.--Preschool and day care centers: Joffe, C. Taking young children seriously. Denzin, N. K. The work of little children. Steiner, G. Y. Day care centers: hype or hope? Corey, G. D. and Cohen, R. A. Domestic pacification.--Schools and finding your place: Denzin, N. K. Children and their caretakers. Schafer, W. E., Olexa, C., and Polk, K. Programmed for social class: tracking in American high schools. Fisher, A. D. White rites and Indian rights. Petroni, F. A. Interracial dating.--Bad kids or bad parents? Lerman, P. Delinquents without crimes: the American approach to juvenile status offenses. Lemert, E. M. Juvenile justice--quest and reality. Zalba, S. R. Battered children.--Epilogue: Denzin, N. K. Wednesday's child.