Re[2]: ideology bashing

Michael Hamende (HamendeM@CTS.DB.ERAU.EDU)
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 11:27:00 EST

"But, if this is what it means to examine one's own ideology, how do
we translate this process for first-year
composition students? Can we? Should we? Are there other ways to
discover and teach ideology? Is it too much to ask students to
interrogate their own positions as well as those they read, or is it
possible to teach rhetoric--in an ethical way--WITHOUT teaching
students some methods for reflecting on their own ideologies?

All tangled up with no place to go--Phyllis"

I like to try to explain it as argument. You can't argue if you don't
take a position. There are lots of things that make up your ideology
and many times that drives the positions you take. Explaining that is
well within the grasp of any fy type. To be a good teacher of
rhetoric, you must. You must. Talking about it is the best one I
know. They may not call it the right terms, but they know what it is.
Metacognition about yourself and those you read is central to
understanding. For me failing to do it is unethical.

Did I tie some knots or untangle anything?

Mike Hamende