Poor, poor, tortured adjunct pseudo-intellectual, who tries so hard to lift heathen souls out of the abyss…what a gift you bestow on the wretched by gracing them with your presence in the classroom. In any case, the article has caused quite a stir, and if I had my way, I would stir the brains of Professor X with an asp — a metaphorical one, of course. First, the use of an alias is pathetic.
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I could spend quite a bit of time critiquing several assumptions made by Professor X about teaching, the life of an adjunct professor, the writing process, and underprepared college students; instead I will concentrate on three points: To this, I can empathize to a point. As a tenured faculty member who teaches prospective teachers, including many English learners, I know how I spend hours helping students to construct an adequate research paper.
However, I seriously beg to differ with the implication made by Professor X that nurses, correctional officers, construction workers, or middle-aged moms cannot learn to write and should not be in college.
Not everyone will be a writer, but everyone should learn to write. It is not enough to be a good writer, to be a good teacher of writing. The scholarship of teaching and learning requires teaching excellence, not just knowledge of the discipline. I am convinced that if one were to develop a portrait of the college student desired by Professor X, it would exclude those who are poor, minority, and non-English speaking.
In fact, Professor X would probably deny community-college entrance to a student who is not proficient in academic English or anyone who cannot negotiate college writing. Yes, it will take time, adequate funding, and specialized instruction, but all students can master the writing skills necessary to circumnavigate the institution of higher education.
Professor X goes on to question the appropriateness of a remedial education, which I would argue, is necessary to help our student their dreams of a college education. And it also should be noted that most of our remedial students are disproportionately low-income, students of color who work full-time jobs, support their families and have been subjected to increasing tuition.
His racist and classist cynicism is couched in a sort of funny, sarcastic storytelling, but this does not hide his ivory-tower perspective. The academy frowns upon faculty who support and assist students, considering any assistance as weakening the curriculum.
Teaching and learning is a hard and complicated process. Like Professor X, I cannot fathom sending prospective teachers into urban classrooms unless they have mastered academic writing.
However, good teaching requires more than good writing. It takes critical thinking, problem solving, innovation, and the application of content knowledge to real-life experiences.
What my students bring to my classroom is that real-life experience. When I design my courses, I consider how to integrate their daily struggles, cultural and linguistic knowledge.
I find multiple ways to deliver instruction and engage students through dialogue, activity, and writing.
And I have every confidence that they will succeed. A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing. Oxford University Press, Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation.Start studying Career - Final Questions.
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