ERIC Number: ED150621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Defining the Crisis and Offering Solutions.
Steinmann, Martin, Jr.
Although college teachers of English face a very real economic crisis, the current intellectual crisis is even more significant. The first failure of this intellectual crisis involves what we have done: we have replaced true scholarship with the new interpretation of texts, mistakenly believing that we need not know any outside knowledge of a literary text in order to interpret and understand it. The second failure of this intellectual crisis involves what we have left undone: we have neglected the teaching of reading and writing and have done virtually no research on the writing and the reading of ordinary texts. Until we return to scholarship and stop neglecting the students of reading and writing, the crisis in the college teaching of English is not likely to subside. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (92nd, Chicago, Illinois, December 27-30, 1977)