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Teaching English in Today's High Schools

reviewed by Edward R. Fagan - 1965

coverTitle: Teaching English in Today's High Schools
Author(s): D. L. Burton, J. S. Simmons
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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All four of the books here reviewed exact a stance on the teaching of English; implicit or explicit, each makes judgments about programs, methods and evaluation of the compass that is English teaching. If one feels that contents of these books seem somehow familiar, then the title of this review supplies the explanation, for Marshall McLuhan in his book, The Gutenberg Galaxy (p. 259) pointed out that print with its uniformity, repeatability, and limitless extent, does give reincarnate life and fame to anything at all. The kind of limp life so conferred by dull heads upon dull themes formalistically penetrates all existence. Since readers are as vain as authors, they crave to view their own conglomerate visage and, therefore, demand the dullest wits to exert themselves in ever greater degree as the collective audience increases. The relevance of McLuhan's quote for this review pivots on the fact that Burton's focus on literature,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 1, 1965, p. 64-64
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2332, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 9:58:49 AM

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