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ERIC Number: EJ931214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Why I Force My Students to Memorize Poetry: Despite the Fact that It Won't Be on the Standardized Test
Waddell, Andy
American Educator, v35 n2 p32-33 Sum 2011
So often teachers see education as a series of units leading to an examination, which will in turn prepare students for the SATs or APs they need to pass to enter university where, if they pass other examinations, they will graduate and earn large incomes. Teachers hold those future earnings before their students like a carrot while beating them with a fear of failure. No wonder then so many dig in their heels at the sight of anything as impractical as poetry. How can one expect anything else when this attitude is validated from the very educators, school boards, and state superintendents most responsible for deciding what students should know? The author believes that English teachers have a unique opportunity and responsibility to put words into their students' heads--crisp, delicious words, "words opalescent, cool, and pearly," words to entertain and sustain them. Words they may never forget.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A