ERIC Number: ED179994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Unity in Diversity.
Purves, Alan C.
The cultural diversities of peoples and dialects in the United States have brought a richness to the English language that has made it one of the most supple of all the languages in the world. In addition to the diversity in the language are the diversities in literature, technology, nationality, politics, and styles of teaching. Teachers of English must sense that in this diversity lies the possibility of unity, a potential shared with international colleagues based on four common aims: to help all learners become eloquent, to help all learners understand and evaluate what is said or written, to help all learners become aware of and respect other cultures, and to help all learners respect their basic language. These aims can unify the teaching profession, clarify objectives, and permit a sharing of successes and challenges within the profession. The goals for the National Council of Teachers of English should be to advise each other, to advise other colleagues in English and in related disciplines, and to advise and take advice from the public. Three steps in the direction of unity are the proposal of a series of international commissions, the work of the Commission on the Curriculum, and the implementation of a statement entitled, "The Essentials of Education." (An extract from the statement is included.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council of Teachers of English
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (69th, San Francisco, CA, November 22-24, 1979)