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ERIC Number: ED137794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Freshman English: The New Crisis and the Old Solutions.
Smith, Ron
The new crisis in freshman English is reflected in recent resolutions by the Modern Language Association and by individual colleges and universities to reinstate composition requirements. Too many composition programs, however, are a waste of money and time which traps the composition teacher into accountability for students' success or failure. It is generally true that not all students need as much writing work at the college level as blanket requirements suggest, that not all teaching in writing courses is especially good or efficient, that not all writing courses are designed to achieve the maximum result for dollar spent, and that too little effort is given to the construction of writing courses. The institution of requirements, however, does not ensure that students' writing skills will improve. What is more important is a general commitment on the part of teachers and administrators to real learning and improvement in composition. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)