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ERIC Number: ED039233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 15
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"I Obey the Rules and Remain a Fool".
Demarest, David P., Jr.
Two years' experience teaching in a college preparatory program for inner-city underachievers--two-thirds of whom were black--indicated that teachers must emphasize the self-discovery and self-assertion of bright students while easing up on repressive rules. English teachers face a sensitive situation in trying to correct grammar without implying that a student is inferior because his dialect is wrong. The motivation for uninhibited self expression may be provided by contributions to a weekly journal for which each student contributes anything--cribbed poetry, doodles, original writing, math assignments--which is not graded or corrected. Each week, superior items may then be put on the overhead projector, with the responsible student reading and the class commenting. Important factors to be remembered in reading the journal entries are that (1) the richness of black dialect, alone or in conjunction with standard English, is a valid means of expression; (2) black students like and should be encouraged to express black thoughts; and (3) excellent writing may be produced. The self-discovery and confidence which can result from such expression are valuable achievements. (Sample student writings are provided.) (JM)
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Note: Speech presented at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, D.C., November, 1969