Education: English Taught Here

Anybody with enough education credits can teach anything, in the view of some school administrators. All too often, charges Donald R. Tuttle. professor of English at Cleveland's Fenn College, the rule for teachers of English becomes simply, "Anybody who speaks English can teach it." Result, according to Tuttle: only a third of the English teachers in U.S. secondary schools have studied their subject extensively, and another third is "seriously underprepared."

To back up his point, Tuttle, who is consultant to the teacher preparation and certification committee of the National Council of Teachers of English, has put together an album of educational...

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