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The suggestion of several recent books and reports that excessive emphasis on teaching methods designed to improve students' skills and inadequate attention to the content of "classic" literature have resulted in unsatisfactory student performance in English is misguided. Teachers in other fields may be able to separate method from content, and published curricula of schools of education suggest that even English teachers can or should do so. In fact, however, the way we teach is always inextricably attached to what we teach.
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