College Composition And Communication By David Bartholomae And Peter Elbow

1703 Words Sep 29th, 2016 7 Pages
In 1989 at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, David Bartholomae and Peter Elbow began an extensive debate that would continue for years to come as to the proper method and focus of teaching in undergraduate writing courses. This conversation gained so much attention and popularity that both men ended up publishing pieces to help clarify their stances for the many who wished to explore them, and while each wished to argue his point to the best of his ability, they also both acknowledged the impossibility of completely pinning down their stances on the subject. This fluidity has led to continued discussion by both of these men, and also by numerous others, one in particular being an undergraduate student attending Harvard University 25 years after the first debate, named Milo Beckman, who offers his own unique insight into a system still deemed imperfect. Each piece has clear passion behind it, but passion alone is not enough to create an academically relevant text.
To create an effective text in an academic setting, one must have two things. The first is an ability to reach and be understood by an audience. Each of these three pieces is designed to fulfill an exigence in understanding and then promote change in the schooling system, and both of these goals require an attentive and involved audience. Bartholomae and Elbow are fighting on opposing ends of a spectrum, each trying to reach teachers and students and answer for them how English classes should…

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