Date: Thu, 3 Mar 1994 11:04:20 CST
From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU
Subject: No subject given
I am posting this message to 2 overlapping groups.
NCTE received a query they passed on to me, and I'm asking for ideas
on how to respond.
A parent of an Ohio 5th grader called NCTE to ask how best to deal with
his son's English teacher. The teacher had students play a grammar
game in which they were asked to sort cards with nouns on them into
baskets labeled person, place, and thing. The child in question, who
had been educated in India before coming to Ohio, had been taught that
nouns named persons, places, things, and animals. He had further been
taught that all life on earth was continuous, that there was no distinction
to be made between humans and animals in a spiritual sense.
Thus, confronted with the card "horse," the child thought, it's not
a place and not a thing, so it has to be a person. Blaaap! Wrong!
goes the teacher, gives the grade conscious kid a "C," and inflames the
parent enough to call NCTE to complain.
I've got a few ideas about what to say (including, "Give it up." But
I'd like to open the question up before responding.
Reply to the list or personally.
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