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You’ve Got a Point, Mr. Murray

As a teacher of creative writing and English, I constantly question my decisions about what to have my students read. Do they really need to read the classics, or should they simply to be aware of them? Are the classics truly the instruments of power that some politicized critics claim, or are they truly the greatest works of literature ever written? That matter is decided for me, at least on a practical level, by the course of study for 12th grade English, so we spend the year traversing “Beowulf,” the Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s plays… Read more You’ve Got a Point, Mr. Murray