Archive | July, 2009

English Goes to Work (Part 4)

Note: This is the last of the sequence of entries about the relationship between English and the workplace…       It seems like we are roaming far afield from English as we have previously taught it. Yet what am I talking about? Communication by various means for a variety of purposes. Collaborating with others to […]

English Goes to Work (Part 3)

    Two authors—Matthew Crawford and Mike Rose––question the direction and value of all this change toward Pink’s Conceptual Age. While conventional wisdom holds that everyone in the future will need a college degree, Crawford (2009) attacks this “dichotomy of mental versus manual [work],” adamantly resisting the assumption that “all blue-collar work is as mindless as […]

English Goes to Work (Part 2)

(Note: This is the next installment in a longer post about English and its responsibility for preparing kids for the workplace.)     The National Council on Education and the Economy (NCEE) report goes on to point out that in the decade ahead, approximately 85 percent of newly created U.S. jobs will require education beyond high […]

English Goes to Work (Part 1)

    It is not the English teacher’s primary job to prepare students for the workplace, though this is surely a responsibility we share with teachers of other disciplines. Literacy, as Deborah Brandt says in Literacy in America (2001), is a resource, an “economic, political, intellectual, spiritual [resource], which, like wealth or education, or trade skill […]

What IS English?

This is the question I have been tinkering with all summer. Here is the first in a series of blogs in response to this question about our beloved discipline. Students spend more time studying English than any other discipline. Ours is the only subject students are required to take every year during middle and high […]

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