Education: A Good English Teacher

At New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Ill., a pretty, blue-eyed young woman, who might be mistaken for a home economics teacher, instead makes an unusual approach to the teaching of high school English. Karin De Long spiritedly guides her students through challenging books, then has them find and lift out techniques to use in their own writing. Any kind of writing—mostly good, but sometimes bad—is fair game for Teacher De Long. One week she may give her class Chaucer, another week Thomas Hardy, another a collection of Japanese Haiku (17-syllable poems)....

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