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Pisgah looking into the future.... In composition we must, I believe, even more than in literature, work in the new spirit. The first and most important thing is to awaken the pupil to think and then to help him to express his thought effectively.... Ideas come first, ideas expressively and effectively phrased; impeccable spelling and faultless punctuation are sorry substitutes" (pp. 310-312). Used to seeing the postwar era through the eyes of Dos Passos and Hemingway, we can sometimes forget that for many Americans it was a glorious time of dreaming world rebirth. In this atmosphere, and abetted by Dewey's educational ideas, many English teachers began to work hard toward reforming the freshman course in the direction of more social experience, more practical kinds of writing, and more creative expression.