Dialogue on Writing: Rethinking ESL, Basic Writing, and First-Year Composition

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QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION,
JOURNAL WRITING, AND DISCUSSION
1. According to Gilyard, what is wrong with the kind of education often given to remedial students? Do you agree?
2. Would you define yourself as an eradicationist, bidialectalist, or pluralist, in regard to Black dialects? How would you defend this position to a colleague with a different point of view?
3. Why is Gilyard happy to find rebellious students in his class? How would you feel about finding such students in yours?
4. Gilyard says that many scholars believe that “American education has generally focused on producing a highly literate elite and a minimally literate general populace. ” Do you agree?
5. Gilyard says, “Our work as teachers is political—whether we construe it that way or not—and our obligation, which we sometimes shun, is to provide clarity of political vision regarding our teaching endeavors. ” Do you agree?

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