November 21, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


Standard English Is for Everyone

The whole purpose of having a standard dialect is to make it easy for speakers of other forms of English to understand each other. […]

Just a Spelling Error

How is it that when it comes to preparing your taxes or writing computer code, “close enough” is not good enough, but when it comes to literacy, “almost” is OK? […]

Running the Gauntlet

This morning I heard an NPR reporter talking about the U.S. government’s practice of gathering data from private emails and other computer sources. He said that access to such information is limited to “qualified analysts” who can demonstrate a compelling need for the information. Then he remarked on “the legal gauntlet analysts must run through” […]

King Arthur’s Sword Excalibur

Until recently, English-speaking children were exposed to beautifully illustrated children’s versions of Malory’s stories for their leisure time reading. In school, they studied Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King” in the classroom. Nowadays, they are more familiar with modern retellings that conflate Excalibur with the sword in the stone. […]

Joan of Arc’s Feast Day is May 30

Joan of Arc’s feast day is May 30. She was burned at the stake in 1431, but not canonized until 1920. That event, like her death, was motivated by political interests. […]