ERIC Number: ED442120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-14
Composition Teachers and the Labor Movement.
Hendricks, William A.
Composition teachers should combine self-identification and direct political action by belonging to the labor movement and working collectively toward expanding its range and power and consequently their own. Previously, members of the composition faculty have been involved in the labor movement, but several obstacles may interfere with deeper commitment. Barriers include: (1) the perception of many teachers that identification with the labor movement carries the taint of self-interest; (2) little understanding of organized labor's 20th century successes, in particular the heightening of respect for the working class; and (3) the perceived status of the labor movement as common rather than academic. Benefits of supporting organized labor would include improvements in wages and working conditions, increased job satisfaction, a renewed sense of public agency, and a more promising field for a progressive public agenda. (EF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (51st, Minneapolis, MN, April 12-15, 2000). Part of a Roundtable Session on The Politics of Academic Labor in Composition.