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ERIC Number: ED146605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
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The Manufactured Crisis.
McPherson, Elisabeth
Asserting that today's students are no less literate than were students of the past, this paper deplores the "manufactured" literacy crisis and the resultant rush to competency testing. The paper stresses that the current crisis is less one of literacy than a crisis about who is going to control what is taught and which students get into, and are permitted to stay in, college composition classes. In fact, the real issue is whether college education is to be kept for the privileged, the underprivileged shut out due to poor showings on competency tests that measure only the most superficial aspects of language use. Teachers ought to be educating people for living, and they ought to be teaching writing as a highly individual and personal act that must be responded to in human and individual ways. Teachers know more about what good writing is than do state legislatures or testmakers, and they need to maintain control of what is taught to students. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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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)