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William Riley Parker – The problem is not new.

October 2, 2014

“Without the least exaggeration I can state that, as a teacher of graduate students in English, there is not one single assumption I can make about either knowledge or skill already acquired. I cannot assume a single book read by everyone in my class. I cannot assume knowledge of the simplest technical term or the simplest Bible story or myth or piece of children’s literature. I cannot assume anything except that I have a job which is quite needlessly difficult.”

(from ‘The Concept of Structure in “English”,’ delivered to the Council on Cooperation in Teacher Education of the American Council on Education, Washington DC, October 20-21, 1961)

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