With an ever increasing number of men and women taking up teaching as a career, it
is fitting that Pook should reveal his own startling college experiences for the
benefit of students about to join and for the delight of teachers whose college days
are among their most vivid memories.
The excellent work being done by our Colleges of Education is so well known both
here and abroad that Pook decided to dwell chiefly on the lighter side of scholastic
life, displaying the humour of lecturers, students and those unwitting guinea-pigs
of our educational sorties—the school-children, who have to bear the brunt of the
student’s endeavours in his new world of Teaching Practice.
Against his customary accurate background of the profession, Pook stumbles through
the whole range of college activities with characteristic enthusiasm, undaunted by
the novel circumstance of being the only man among the six hundred girls who attend
Dame May Boyle College of Education for Women. Understandably, he has to seek psychiatric
treatment to face such a task, the results of which lead to one of the funniest books
in the celebrated Pook series.