ERIC Number: EJ840965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
"Carpe Diem" in the Mississippi Delta
Applegate, Carey F.
English Journal, v93 n2 p28-31 Nov 2003
Having been raised by liberal parents who had emphasized friendship and respect between people of all races, the author had often felt the desire to be a part of the continuing movement toward true equality. She viewed education as the key to reaching socioeconomic and political freedom, and she wanted to be a part of promoting that ultimate tool for equality. The history and culture of Mississippi especially attracted her, as she had been raised on stories about Freedom Riders and passive resistance. She knew that Mississippi was the home not only to civil rights activists, but also to great writers and musicians. High school teaching in the Mississippi Delta has made life "one tremendous adventure" for the author. In this article, she describes the irresistible call of the classroom and her journey to teaching via an alternative certification program.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, Personal Narratives, Alternative Teacher Certification, Reading Instruction, Rural Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi