Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:41:40 +0000
From: Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BAYLOR.EDU
Subject: Re: Banned wds

frank abate wrote:
What's all that tuition for if not to get some of those highly skilled
people to actually
teach my kids? And why not freshman comp? There are few more valuable
life skills
than being able to write clearly, confidently, and gracefully.

the thing is, almost none of us are actually qualified to teach freshman
comp. so a lot of students get taught worse by people with ph.d.'s in
linguistics or english than by people with an m.a. in english and some
on-the-job training. our univ is very big on making professors teach
freshman comp so that they can claim we're better than university of
texas in that regard, but the truth is, that many of the people who
teach it are on autopilot and the really good classes are those taught
by graduate students who are excited by the opportunity and not too
jaded to put in the effort.


M. Lynne Murphy
Assistant Professor in Linguistics
Department of English
Baylor University
PO Box 97404
Waco, TX 76798