Bel Kaufman

But if there is such a thing as social commitment in literature, I think it must manifest itself in a reader’s awareness of the human condition, in the writer’s touching some common nerve ending. I think this kind of social commitment, like a lady’s slip, should be there but it must not show.

The clerical work is par for the course. “Keep on file in numerical order” means throw in wastebasket. You’ll soon learn the language. “Let it be a challenge to you” means you’re stuck with it; “interpersonal relationships” is a fight between kids; “ancillary civic agencies for supportive discipline” means call the cops; “Language Arts Dept.” is the English office; “literature based on child’s reading level and experiential background” means that’s all they’ve got in the Book Room; “non-academic-minded” is a delinquent; and “It has come to my attention” means you’re in trouble.