ERIC Number: ED211974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ruminations on Conditions Essential to Secondary English Curricula.
Farrell, Edmund J.
There are four conditions essential to developing and maintaining sound English curricula in the secondary schools. The first condition is that society hold public school education in sufficient respect that education can attract teaching candidates who are emotionally mature and committed to high intellectual and technical standards. More than just high salaries, this means a high public regard for the purpose and judgment of the profession. The second condition is a long overdue alteration of the prevailing model of public school education, a model that was derived from industry at the turn of the century and one that is increasingly obsolete in a society far more reliant on information processing than on the linear production of goods. The third condition is that teachers must have adequate instructional materials. This includes many books and magazines (censorship not withstanding), audio and visual equipment, and computer terminals. And the fourth condition is that the skills and content of English must logically cohere and be intelligently related to the processes of speaking, writing, reading, listening, and viewing. Literature and rhetoric must be intrinsically related to each other and to their overriding and generative source, language. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (71st, Boston, MA, November 20-25, 1981).