Re: authenticity

Darlene Sybert (c557506@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Fri, 23 Aug 1996 17:37:50 -0500

On Fri, 23 Aug 1996, Nick Carbone wrote:
> But all that aside for now, the gist as stated above seems to gibe with
> observations made here that students learn what it takes to get an A,
> learn how to play by the rules that grades invariably represent. To me,
> a general trend in the discussion has been that getting students to write
> for 'real' reasons, reasons that have to do with personal motivation and
> not grades as motivation, because they really care about what they think
> and what they want to say and to whom they are saying it, is hard to do.

This seems like it would be particularly difficult to accomplish in a
society where most people, including Freshmen, believe nothing they do
will really make a difference. And in case they don't feel that way
yet, we begin by teaching them to question every thing they read, not
failing to consider the author's motives; we teach them that no one
writes just to be writing, that everyone who writes has a purpose: figure
out what it is. After that, it's going to be difficult to persuade them
to write just because they have something important or unique to say.
University of Missouri at Columbia (English)
...I felt like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific--and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise__
Silent, upon a peak in Darien. -Jn Keats