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ERIC Number: ED377514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Sandra Stotsky's Civic Education: What Gets Taught.
Sledd, James
In this paper, James Sledd and his son Andrew Sledd respond, on seven distinct points, to Sandra Stotsky's "Connecting Civic Education and Language Education" and to her "College English" essay "Conceptualizing Writing as Moral and Civic Thinking," in both of which she attacks the Sledds for their criticism of E. D. Hirsch. According to the paper, Stotsky's technique is to lift short passages of academic prose from their explanatory contexts and then to praise or blame them according to her notions of scholarly responsibility. The paper notes that one of the qualities that Stotsky values highly is academic courtesy. The paper also states that, in both book and essay, Stotsky has called the Sledds' criticism of E. D. Hirsch irresponsible, racist, age-ist and immoral--and rude, too. In response, the Sledds affirm that, although they dislike being called racist, they are not primarily concerned with the personal attacks. In the paper they make three familiar but sometimes neglected propositions: (1) that the politic evasion of an opponent's evidence and arguments, though commonplace, is not an academic virtue; (2) that such criticism of "decontextualized" passages as Stotsky recommends is guaranteed to obscure issues really at stake; and (3) that the ancient rhetorical tradition of justified blame as well as praise should not be submerged in a rhetoric of identification for immediate persuasion. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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