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ERIC Number: ED073762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 11
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The Exploding and Explosive Two-Year College.
McPherson, Elisabeth
Junior and community colleges must explode many traditional notions about education in order to fulfill their promises to poor and disadvantaged students. The number of junior and community colleges and the number of students attending them have increased rapidly in the past few years. But many communities think that community colleges didn't keep their promises. Most community college students are poor, and college costs are frequently high. Students frequently cannot get into the job training programs they want because of staff, space and money shortages. To work toward fulfilling community college ideals, ideas about student and teacher roles and about ways of measuring success must be changed. Teachers must help students improve their self concept and gain self confidence, processes which teachers with Ph.D.'s may damage because of a condescending attitude. Good community colleges have stopped using standards based on exclusiveness, a major shift in attitude and procedures, both in curriculum design and in course grading. The CCCC Guidelines recognize the broadened definition of junior college education and the necessity of adapting the training of two-year college English teachers to it. The Guidelines take a stand against racism in training programs but not sexism. Junior colleges are one of the best places to change racist and sexist attitudes because students come there with great faith in education. (KM)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the Modern Language Association (Chicago, Illinois, December, 1971)