MARY McCONNELL ON DEATH TO HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH CLASS:  My earlier post on this generated quite a lot of email – more than anything I’ve posted this week, in fact – and so I asked one high school teacher who herself blogs on high school writing issues to give me a short statement, which I’ve put up below the fold at the original post.  (I met Mary McConnell seated between her and her husband at a Stanford Law School dinner, and I rather rudely paid Professor McConnell no attention at all, riveted as I was by what his wife was telling me about teaching composition and rhetoric, because it was so much my experience as a parent of a high-schooler.)