Re: authenticity

Beth W. Baldwin, Ph.D. (bobaldwi@HAMLET.UNCG.EDU)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 16:20:08 -0400

On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Charlie Hill wrote:

> I don't think that required writing courses are a complete waste of time.
> But I *do* think that they do not give a return that comes close to
> justifying the resources, effort, and worry that goes into them.
> They're a bad idea, especially on the freshman level. Abolishing them seems
> idealistic only because they serve so many entrenched interests.

I won't go so far as to say that writing courses are a waste of time
either. But I do think that what should be required is a *rhetoric*
course instead. In other words, take the emphasis off of the writing
part and place it on the use of language to make meaning.


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