Posted on August 27, 2019 at 9:17 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re not declaring the end of summer yet, but let’s face it: It’s clearly back-to-school season.

Which isn’t necessarily a scary thing to bookworms — more than a few of us probably feigned our irritation at returning to the classroom, in an effort to fit in with our peers.

And those of us who felt that way were probably blessed with many wonderful teachers, year in and year out.

Along those lines, Literary Hub is launching a monthly column from educator Nick Ripatrazone, called In Praise of the High School English Teacher.

It won’t be a series of back-patting, though, as evidenced from his first installment.

“In popular culture, teachers are so often presented in an almost mythic way,” he writes. “We are martyrs; perfect people who would teach for free. 

“This canard devalues the art of teaching — and does little to recruit the next generation.”

So what are they, then? Read Ripatrazone’s first column to find out, and share your favorite memories of high school English teachers (or, heck, any grade level) in the comments.

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