Category Archive for: ‘Book Reviews’

Why Are English Teachers So Unteachable?


My headline is intentionally provocative. Sorry about that. I’m sure there are plenty of humble, teachable English teachers in the world. I just seem to encounter a lot of particularly pugnacious ones. Maybe a blog like this attracts the stubborn ones in unusually high numbers. If you are an English teacher who is open to new information and willing to change both …

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In Memoriam: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley


When I was a kid, my grandmother used to remind us of the superstition that “bad news always comes in …

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Merlin on Learning


If you have not read T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, drop whatever you are reading immediately and get …

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Why We, Like, Say “Like” All the Time


Have you noticed that hardly anyone these days can complete a sentence without using the word like? Some years ago, …

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Halloween Candy and Sticky Writing


Good writing should be sticky. Sticky ideas, like popular urban legends, share characteristics and the book, Made to Stick, explains.

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