Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Back to School

School Scene, early 20th C
by J. C. Huntington

“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.”

Isaiah 50:4


~ some advice from my earliest years of teaching ~
"Although speakers and listeners, writers and readers, are in one sense engaged in a cooperative effort to understand one another, they are also in conflict over the amount of effort that each will expend on the other. That is, the speaker or writer wants to say what he has to say with as little energy as possible and the reader or listener wants to understand with as little energy as possible. . . . Thus anything that facilitates the transfer of meaning is important in this tight economy of energy."

from Errors & Expectations, pp 11 - 12]

by Mina P, Shaughnessy (1924 - 1978)
Innovative and Inspiring Teacher of Writing
See also ~ Mina P. Shaughnessy: Her Life and Work


“The high-school English [or college composition] teacher will be fulfilling her responsibility if she furnishes the student a guided opportunity, through the best writing of the past, to come, in time, to an understanding of the best writing of the present. She will teach literature, not social studies or little lessons in democracy or the customs of many lands. And if the student finds that this is not to his taste? Well, that is regrettable. Most regrettable. His taste should not be consulted; it is being formed.”

by Flannery O'Connor (1925 – 1964)
American novelist, short story writer and essayist

~ some advice dear to my heart from grad school days ~

Linda Gray Sexton: "My mother, the late poet, Anne Sexton, wore a medallion around her neck—which I inherited and still wear—that is inscribed with the Latin phrase: “Illegitimi Non Carborundum.” This means, in rough English (if you will excuse the expletive): 'Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down.'”

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