When Sandy called to tell me that she had been fired over the essay she had written for class, I felt like Joseph K. in Kafka’s The Trial?arrested without charge, guilty of something, but uncertain of what. I had been teaching writing since 1971, and to my knowledge a student had never before been fired for writing an essay for class. After the phone call, I tried to convince myself that I had done nothing wrong, merely given an open-ended writing assignment. I wanted to believe that my sense of having been arrested was caused more by moral outrage over an abuse of political and economic power than by anything for which I personally could be held responsible. Now, nearly a year after Sandy’s phone call, I still feel a sense of outrage; but I also recognize that I was culpable, that in my teaching I had perhaps not committed a crime of commission, but that certainly I deserved to be charged with a crime of omission: in my naivety, I had failed to tell students the whole truth about writing. —Michael Kleine, in an article co-authored by Sandy Moore
—Toward an Ethics of Teaching Writing in a Hazardous Context?The American University (JAC)
Via This Public Address.