Saturday, June 4, 2011

Teaching Freshman Composition

This article speaks about the current state of freshman composition in most colleges and universities. Thisarticle drives home the fact that most people that teach freshman comp are unprepared and the students are usually unprepared. It's a problem because it's hard to be empathic and driven when it's an institutional problem. Most people out of high school are trained to take exams and do well in them (usually). They are not taught how to write or think critically and then write about what they've thought out critically. It's really pathetic. Then to put a barely-qualified graduate student to magically teach undergrads how to write...well, that's another story. That's expecting a miracle.

I'm going to be in the same predicament in the Fall when I start teaching freshman comp. I'm a little more prepared than the girl who wrote the article but it doesn't make it easier...

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