Course Observation: Philip Roth

Lisa Scottoline’s “English Class with Mr. Roth” (May 3, 2014 NYT) recalls the author’s experience as an undergraduate student attending two of Philip Roth’s literature courses at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s. Scottoline concludes her essay with this description of the aftereffects Roth’s teaching: Looking back, I’ve come to understand that he was the best professor I ever had, not only because of his genius, but also because of his distance. We were a group of girls eager to please, to guess at what he wanted us to say, and to say that for him. We all wanted … Continue reading Course Observation: Philip Roth

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My Resignation Letter

Fabulous letter. And it’s not just about Common Core standards, but about administrative responses to them. The fundamental brokenness of our system comes from the fact that the people making decisions about our educational system actually know nothing about educating students. Pauline Hawkins Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first teaching job. For eleven years I taught in these classrooms, I walked these halls, and I befriended colleagues, students, and parents alike. This school became part … Continue reading My Resignation Letter

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