Education: Good English from Good Books

One practical effort to break the boredom of repetitive drill in grammar, spelling, vocabulary and composition has been successfully carried out in a two-year experiment at Purdue University. Called "Project English" and financed by Purdue and the U.S. Office of Education, it ignored the traditional separate classes in these topics for some 4,800 seventh-graders in 14 Midwest cities. Instead, the students were immersed in some relatively difficult but intriguing works of literature, on the theory that reading good writers who have interesting things to say is a more natural way to acquire good English than by attacking it in artificial fragments.


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