Michael Bryant

The Brief Bedford Reader - Chapter Three Discussion

Discussion created by Michael Bryant on Feb 2, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 2, 2018 by Sherry Mooney

In a recent classroom conversation a student mentioned that Naomi Shihab Nye’s motto from Jack Kerouac’s advice about “Rest and be kind, you don’t have anything to prove” (83), was, perhaps, not the best advice to include in a composition textbook, where students do indeed have to prove that they can write cohesive papers that present evidence based opinions and arguments. The classroom ended up with a lively discussion regarding the fact that students are, indeed required to “prove” that they can write in order to earn a competent grade. The question then became, should this advice be included in this text? Later there is the statement about not trying to prove anything in the section on “Drafting,” but the initial statement did strike many of the students as being somewhat contradictory. Any thoughts?