Why an English Teacher Introduced Her Class to the World

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When high school students submit papers to the Web rather than their instructor does the larger audience inspire them to write more seriously?

Meet Ileana Jimenez.

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She's an English teacher in a progressive New York City high school, a blogger, and a gracious interview subject. I encountered her at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where she agreed to explain why she wants her students to write publicly on the Internet, rather than merely turning in assignments for a lone teacher to evaluate:

Good idea, right?

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Conor Friedersdorf is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He lives in Venice, California, and is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

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