|| Because language is the
most momentous and at the same time the most mysterious product
of the human mind, the teacher of English carries a two-fold responsibility.
First, teachers work to help students develop a mastery of the
multi-faceted aspects of the subject matter, and second, teachers
nurture in the students a reverence for the spiritual which lies
dormant until quickened into either oral or written expression.
Through contact with the thoughtful, the noble, the beautiful,
the student develops a depth of intellect and a responsiveness
of feelings which lead to a fuller humanity. Fostering this dawning
of and understanding of what it means to be a human being is perhaps
the greatest service which the teacher of English can render to
It is the inspiration the student takes from the study of his
native tongue and the writing of gifted authors which background
the English courses. The three central areas - language, literature,
and composition - are therefore treated with the viewpoint of
a need for the individual to meet the large and small crises of
every life. Thus, despite the reality of the drive for favorable
test results, the reputable College Board scores, the salable
skills which some students will need, emphasis is always placed
upon the central processes of critical thinking, on the skills
involved in learning new tasks and on the abilities required to
meet present and future needs.
Students have the opportunity to celebrate the creative aspects
of the human experience that the English Department provides through
theatrical productions, multi-media projects, print and video
presentations, literary re-enactments, public relations projects,
literary magazine publications, yearbook contributions, local
newspaper correspondent programs and speech and essay contests.