ERIC Number: ED461115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Teaching English to the Disenfranchised: A Look Back.
In this paper, the author/educator recalls a 1972 article that reviewed 11 books about the English to minorities. Over the years, teaching issues have been debated--one commonly discussed topic of the '90s being Ebonics. The author asserts that the public at large pays no attention to most academic writing. Exploitation of graduate students as teaching assistants was also discussed in the 60s; the Wyoming Resolution appeared in 1986, and many professional groups have promulgated codes of ethics. However, good professionals such as writing instructors get in the way of significant change. Academics should realize that there will never be unity among academic labor as long as the institution of tenure exists. Tenure supposedly protects academic freedom (for the tenured only), but the protection is not very effective. Administrators have lots of ways of controlling the tenured--denial of raises, punitive course assignments, etc. The real function of tenure now is to replicate the encompassing two-tiered society within the academy. So that an administrator might get a raise as big as the combined salaries of a married couple with long experience on staff. Academic workers should organize and battle for real change. The continued abuse of part-timers and TAs, and the unchanging insistence that "talking white" is talking right, should make it obvious to even the most submissive that tough action is necessary, not just good words. (NKA)
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 (49th, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).