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ERIC Number: ED120807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Basic Backwardness.
Weingartner, Charles
This paper argues that the "back to basics" movement is regressive and that regression is the characteristic mode of fear-ridden personalities. It is argued that many people in American society today have lost their ability to laugh and do not have the sense of humor which is crucial to a healthy mental state. Such topics as necrophilia, mental illness, and suicide are discussed. It is argued that rather than teaching students grammar, parts of speech, and related taxonomies, we should teach students to maintain a sense of humor and beware of illusions and lies. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference (Boston, April 2-4, 1976)