Well, it might have been that he or she inflicts Said on freshmen students who don’t have any of the intellectual tools and context by which to judge the author’s arguments… but besides that, the Atlantic’s editors should be ashamed of publishing this turkey. It’s yet another angst-ridden post about whether students going to community college should be here, after all, by a teacher who should never have been hired in the first place.
I knew that Ms. L.’s paper would fail. I knew it that first night in the library. But I couldn’t tell her that she wasn’t ready for an introductory English class.
You’ve got a 40-something woman who’s come to you for help who has never used a computer before, and you say “go get some help?” Hey, asshole, that’s what she came to you for. And this is why, Professor X, who, by the way…
Professor X teaches at a private college and at a community college in the northeastern United States.
is going to remain a goddamned adunct and keep teaching at multiple colleges, because you fundamentally fail to recognize that you have to tailor your instruction to the audience. It’s dirt damned obvious that this loser is going at the community college students with the same methodology as is being used in the private college. And that’s a crying damned shame, because, what this editorial largely provides an utterly damning indictment of the Professor’s own professional shortcomings.
My students take English 101 and English 102 not because they want to but because they must. Both colleges I teach at require that all students, no matter what their majors or career objectives, pass these two courses. For many of my students, this is difficult. Some of the young guys, the police-officers-to-be, have wonderfully open faces across which play their every passing emotion, and when we start reading “Araby” or “Barn Burning,” their boredom quickly becomes apparent. They fidget; they prop their heads on their arms; they yawn and sometimes appear to grimace in pain, as though they had been tasered. Their eyes implore: How could you do this to me?
Hey, dumbass. How, in fact, could you? You know, for a fact, that you’re boring your students to tears. Ever thought of maybe sprucing it up a little, or teaching the curriculum in a way that gets through to folks who happen to be kinesthetic types, rather than bookworms? Which doesn’t mean you dumb down the curriculum… it means that you get off your ass and learn to teach.
Pathetic. If this instructor is full-time at the private institution, he or she should stay there, and not ruin any more students than is absolutely necessary.