English Curriculum Faces Change
Waller, C. L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: C. L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writer
Libertyville High School officials are working toward creating a major change in English requirements starting in the 2000-01 school year.
Under the proposal, sophomores would no longer take the required American literature course. Instead, the course will be required of juniors, who typically take an English Literature elective.
English department head William Weber said the last major reorganization in the English curriculum at Libertyville High School probably occurred more than 20 years ago, but discussions among faculty that resulted in this plan started 15 or 16 years ago.
"It's a change and there is some anxiety about that," he said.
Weber added the changes will strengthen the curriculum during a student's last two years in high school when some opt to take easier elective courses.
Under the proposal, more seniors will take elective English courses to fulfill the four-year college requirement.
Some of the not-so-popular elective English courses will die, especially when the district goes to two campuses, he said.
Currently, requiring American Literature at the sophomore level while meeting state mandates during the first two years of high school is difficult, Weber said. …