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Letter: An Awe-Inspiring Teacher

To the Editor:

As a sophomore in Windsor High School in 1962, I received a scholarship for a summer program at Mount Hermon School, the “elitist” school to which Philip Glouchevitch refers in his April 11 letter (“The Grammar Was Proper, But…”). My teacher for expository writing there was none other than Thomas Donovan, the English instructor whom Willem Lange remembers well. It was the first time that T.D. had taught girls. He was strict and clear and had standards. He would have had them, I suspect, wherever he taught. He questioned the thinking and structure of each essay and took time discussing what I wrote every day. I’m no doubt becoming self-indulgent here, but forgive me, sir, I believe that his approach, though tough and demanding, represents the direction schools need to take. Thank you, Willem Lange, for reminding me of that awe-inspiring teacher, as well as others who encourage careful writing.

Helen Taylor Davidson

Plainfield

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