ERIC Number: ED145427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Back to the Basics: An English Curriculum of "Fearful Symmetry."
Bratton, Edward W.
This discussion suggests that most English departments have dealt with the conflict between traditional instruction and the"back-to-the-basics" movement in the language arts by focusing on the individual needs of the student, on the subject in some of its most elementary aspects, and on teaching. The English curriculum, as well as teachers in the field, can benefit from the acceptance of seemingly contrary positions: the context of relaxed requirements and public demands for literacy, predictions for more leisure time and the translation of educational relevance into vocationalism, and so on. "Options for the Teaching of English: The Undergraduate Curriculum" (Modern Language Association) and "Statement on the Preparation of Teachers of English" (National Council of Teachers of English) are discussed in view of their ability to reconcile such conflicts, and the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Tennessee is described in order to illustrate the general pattern adopted by colleges to resolve the problem. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on English Education (15th, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 24-26, 1977)