10.6.09

WHY THE MILITARY HAS SENIOR NON-COMS. Freshman composition is as important to college as the Manual of Arms is to boot camp.
Composition 101 is probably the hardest class to teach; unfortunately, it is usually led by brand-new graduate teaching assistants. It's no wonder most people don't know how to make an argument.
It's encouraging to see Chronicle of Higher Education readers get the word, although higher education is likely to continue the false economy of staffing introductory classes with cheap and contingent labor.

Via Critical Mass, with a denunciation of "the illogical infinite regression model of teaching writing--it's never your job because it was the job of other people before you, even when you can see very well for yourself that the people before you did not do their jobs."

No senior noncoms in the academy. No time slips either.

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