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"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." - Francis Bacon
 
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This textbook focus the philosophical study called epistemology. Like all philosophical terms, this one may be rather awe inspiring for a person who has never heard or read it before; but its dictionary definition is straightforward: "The study of
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This book focuses on the traditions and practices which distinguish literary from literal writing. One important difference is suggested by Mr. Laurence Perrine in his excellent book "Sound and Sense." He talks of the four dimensions of language:
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In this short document, I offer a point of view as to the course that curriculum planning on the national, the state, the district, the building and the classroom should take. In general I believe strongly that we should frame curricula in terms of
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In this book I deal with American English as viewed by linguistic scientists: An arbitrary system of meaningful sounds. American English is one dialect among many of the English tongue; and its special character has developed through usage within
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In this book I focus on the very expansive field of literal writing. The practice by many English departments of offering Creative Writing courses implies that literal writing is somehow non-creative. Apparently only those who write poems and dramas
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The sub-title of this book is "Living an Examined, a Disciplined and a Charitable Life." In this book I focus on teaching traditional values, an area in which schools appear to have become the last line of defense. Socrates' admonitions to "Live
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This book deals with the nature of wealth and the various ways in which it is acquired and distributed. It draws on the historical record in describing how tribal groups have taken control of turf and have defended - both by force of arms and by
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I spent a total of thirty-seven years in the classroom - the first three in New Plymouth High School in New Plymouth, Idaho, and the next thirty-four years at Dwight D. Eisenhower Senior High School in Yakima, Washington. During this time I taught English and German courses. Though I taught the normal variety of language arts courses, my main interest was English composition.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My interest in teaching composition arose primarily from the fact that it involves a lot of doing on the part of the students. In my judgment, one learns by doing. When students are idle, they are probably not learning very efficiently. A writing course provides a context within which one can focus meaningfully on grammar and usage and spelling and vocabulary and rhetoric and research and reasoning and critical thinking. The quotation from Francis Bacon that I listed above is, in my judgment, the best available guide to what education ought to be.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

President of the Yakima Education Association

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA - University of Oregon M Ed in Curriculum Studies - Central Washington State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I was born in the small town of Carey, Idaho, during the depression. My parents were grade school teachers who taught in several villages in Eastern and South Central Idaho; however,I spent most of my school years in the Woodriver Valley which is best known for its Sun Valley ski resort. I attended Bellevue Grade School and Hailey (now Woodriver) Senior High School. Even though we were quite poor by today's standards, growing up in our high mountain valley was actually an idyllic existence. The population was small and benign, so we were free to roam the hills and the river bottom. In the evening our mother would read to us or we would listen to Jack Benney and Edgar Bergen and all the other great stars of radio on our scratchy wireless. The air was clean and the stars shown like diamonds in the cold night sky. How could one be so lucky as to grow up in that place during in those halcyon times? I grew up in the very small town of Bellevue, Idaho. I attended Hailey (now Woodriver) High School.

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