The Teaching of English

Caleb brought me a present. It’s a book called The Teaching of High School English, by J.N. Hook, a man who taught high school for exactly two years before moving on to teach college. It went into five print editions, and contains such gems as the following: “Improving Vocal Quality: Almost certainly among your students there will be a fairly large number whose vocal quality is poor. The three defects you will find are throatiness, thinness, and either nasality or denasality.” Thank goodness this no longer falls inside the spectrum of what I have to worry about.

Had one of the most bizarre conversations ever with a former teacher at the adjoining school in my building. He went to a charter school and describes it as a paradise beyond paradise.

My high school boyfriend is coming to visit this weekend. We are going to an opera. I will report back.

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