Excerpt from Bulletin of the Alabama Girls Industrial School: The Teaching of English; July, 1910
The purpose of this bulletin on the teaching OF english is to emphasize the importance of more thorough teaching of composition and literature in the primary and secondary schools of Alabama. So poor are the results of our present teaching of composition, literature, and grammar that one is prone to believe that these subjects are either wholly ignored, or shamefully treated as interlopers. The average child in our high schools cannot spell, punctuate, or paragraph; he cannot read accurately; he cannot analyze; worst of all, he does not think it necessary to know how to do any of these things. N 0 one who has occasion to pass upon the product of our schools but must be well nigh appalled at the pitiable ignorance of our young men and women, after years of supposed instruction in the mother tongue. Ability to express one's self correctly and readily at the call of business and social demands is an inevitable and universal need. The oral and written expression of our youth, as we too well know, is neither correct nor ready. Our methods fail of accomplishment either because of the lack of a definite, well taught English course, or because of the lack of proper teaching of the subject. Whatever the cause, it behooves those of us vitally con cerned in our schools to try to remedy a condition that greatly retards the coming of any possibility of pride in the training they give. It is hoped that the suggestions offered in this bulletin may be of some use to the teachers of composition and literature.
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