Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Creating shock troops for the revolution...

Here I am at the start of another new semester - and I just got new copies of the textbooks I'm required to use while teaching my freshman level composition class.

One is an "African-American reader" that contains rant after rant after rant on the evils of white people (and one essay on why Clarence Thomas is a sell-out, con man and liar).

This reader isn't designed to teach independent thought, give good models for writing or engage the reader in any meaningful way. Despite its appearance as an academic text, it isn't one. It isn't going to create engaged citizens or prepare students for the job market.

It's designed to create shock troops for the revolution.

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