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ERIC Number: EJ976626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Rereading English's Past and Present through "English Journal," 1912 and 2012
Brass, Jory
English Journal, v101 n3 p45-49 Jan 2012
Standard histories of NCTE attribute the organization's beginnings in 1911 to rebellious teachers who opposed college entrance requirements imposed upon them by elite colleges and universities. This narrative offers an appealing account of NCTE's history. In this article, however, the author pursues a different line of historical inquiry by revisiting programmatic statements of English published in the first volume of what was then called "The English Journal" ("EJ"). By programmatic statements, he means the first "EJ" articles that offered overarching frameworks for the teaching of English in secondary schools. The author identifies important similarities between the state of English teaching in 1912 and 2012 and highlights historical links between English teaching and science, Christianity, race, and nation that have not figured prominently in the field's dominant historical narrative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A