Our English program emphasizes a disciplined and progressively challenging approach to the mechanics of language, the development of intellectual independence, and the sheer enjoyment of language. In teaching language and literature, our primary goals are to develop greater effectiveness in communication, to encourage clear and logical thought, and to promote a greater awareness of human values.
If the present is always turning into the past or is seen as transitional to the future, what is the value of any human endeavour? If time is so elusive, how can any action have meaning? The moment something occurs, it is gone.
“Anyone who teaches at the university level encounters students with language difficulties who are nonetheless bright, eager, hard-working and thoughtful. These are the heart-breaking ones, for the reach of their mental capacities exceeds their grasp.” Vermont Royster
Playing with symbols is an effective means to parsing. Parsing and the terminology that accompanies it have value only as a means to an end.
Less is more.
We seek a curriculum in which teachers do not teach subjects, they teach people:
Planning ahead requires self-direction and self-discipline. Planning is something you must learn to do for yourself. To plan your time effectively, you must be conscientious and responsible. To follow your plan takes willpower. But the rewards for planning are enormous.
College admissions officers love anecdotes and a teacher’s characterization and representation of a student’s salient academic abilities: “He writes elegant, succinct analytical papers” or “He manages to ask searching questions every day that stump the class and keep us arguing through lunch.”