Education: Hard Words

What do Americans think of their teachers? Judging by the work of U.S. authors, not much. It is sad but true, says Psychologist Don C. Charles of the University of Nebraska, that in U.S. literature "teachers appear pretty generally as stereotypes—and rather unflattering stereotypes at that": neurotic spinsters, frustrated fops and dull-witted fools. To show what he means, Don Charles has collected a few specimens for the current Educational Forum.

The literary attack on the teacher, as Psychologist Charles analyzes it, had its first flowering during the flowering of New England. William Ellery...

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