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On a supervising a lesson in English grammar


Why set such a crazy task I ask?  Can it be that after 435 years my works still carry such credibility?  Can it be that after 435 years the English teachers are fighting to hold back a changing world?  And yet I muse on't.  Is there a nobler thing that 40 generations venerate me and though I be mouldering in the grave…..  "Alas poor Yorick and poor William" says I.  And yet do I really jest.


Changing the world can be such a simple thing.  "The pen is mightier than the sword" you say and yet many a pen has committed a nation to battle.  I asked whether it was "nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to stand up against a sea of troubles".  You must decide for yourself.


Rise up against the dreaded English language.  Coin your own phrases.  Adopt new words, new spellings.  Be bold, be strong for the bard is with you.  Know that all things may yet come to pass and you, poor wretched souls suffering in the classroom for your future may one day be; a TEACHER OF ENGLISH!

Alan Blencowe 2003


Note: In 1967, I wrote in an essay, "I want to be an English Teacher because I can do a better job".  My teacher (Jillian Oakley) gave me 7.5 out of 10 wrote "Put your money where your mouth is."  She then read it out in class and publicly dared me....  I became a woodwork teacher.





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