I am so delighted that I stumbled upon your blog. I love to read and write although I am not a great writer I am a practicing one always looking for some direction. Looking forward to upcoming posts. My gratitude is yours, Allie.
Thank you for your post. I’m a writing instructor in the greater New York area, and I can only second your observations and experiences. I have colleagues who have been teaching the intro comp courses for 20 years. This makes my head hurt. The students at my major state university — I can’t depend on them having the most basic baseline of background. What’s the Congress? Where’s the Middle East? Why is it important? Have you heard of Iran?What causes global warming? Have you heard of James Joyce? When you last read literature, even a story, for pleasure? One above-average student recently asked me to explain the difference between Iraq and Israel. When you read just ONE more paper that begins, “War has long been something humans do,” the probability of running from the building screaming goes up significantly. I’m not an elitist, but when you go into a college classroom every day and find kids addicted to digital gadgets and who feel entitled to As just for showing up, the effect is wearying. Thank you for your blog post.