ERIC Number: ED158332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Lone Star, a Little Mockingbird, and a Lot of Bull.
Beck, Robert E.
Using humor, illustrations, and practical experience, the author suggests that theories and philosophies of education offer the teacher of English little help because of the infinite number of exceptions to any theories when it comes to teaching English, as well as the enormous number of administrative, disciplinary, and extracurricular demands on the time of the teacher and the lack of continuity in attendance on the part of students due to such things as illnesses, speech contests, funerals, and uncounted athletic competitions. He goes on to say that the lot of the secondary English teacher is to naively and romantically continue to attend sessions of workshops, hoping to discover a star to reach for or a theory to hang an ideal on to and to avoid getting mired in despair. He concludes that teaching English in the secondary school is to dream the impossible dream and that the ability to judge the success or failure of the struggle of the teacher and students together in the classroom is reserved for heaven. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference (6th, Dallas, Texas, April 7-8, 1978)