Thursday, July 21, 2011


"Prairie School", oil, by Don Gray
No student, I’m sure, feels especially glad to be coming down the hall to my English class, but I actually hope, in all honesty, that some small amount of mental strength might be gained during class, which in turn might create some real satisfaction, perhaps even gladness. If each student, for instance, could sense something new inside them during English class, some unusual understanding, some small insight into the mysteries of written words, this could possibly produce a silent, private shout of good cheer. If the students, each in their special ways, could find a further appreciation of some aspect of the literature we read, then maybe an honest bit of strength and gladness might be given them during a modest English class in Room 2 on Barnes Road.

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