Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 07:25:22 -0500
From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU
Subject: Re: banned words and comp

On Wed, 25 Mar 1998, Dennis Baron wrote:

Bethany wonders if teaching writing in college is a sign that high schools
are not doing their job. I don't see it that way. Not that I think high
schools are doing their job--they definitely are not [snip]

Thanks, Dennis ... that's what they wanted. It is not that I necessarily
think that high schools are not doing their job ... I think, as you point
out, that we all make some assumptions about what high schools shoud
do, etc. But we don't often talk about what our assumptions are, exactly.

Re Lynne's comments: I taught a grad course in the College of Educ. a
couple of years ago --what a revelation! I carefully chose what I thought
would be appropriate text material (simpler in many ways even then what I
use in an Intro to Ling 200) -- I discovered that I had pitched it way too
high. )