A Major Response

In a response to the Jerry Nelms criticisms (that I quoted on this blog yesterday) of his piece on InsideHigherEd.com, William Major writes:I simply offer a number of theories as to why writing instruction often has second-class status in the university, especially within English departments.Moreover, professor Nelms:1. I make no assumptions that all English professors … Continue reading A Major Response

Errors in Expectation

Today, at InsideHigherEd.com, William Major, who teaches English at Hillyer College of the University of Hartford, offers a piece called “Teaching Composition: A Reconsideration.” It's an odd article, considering what we know about the teaching of writing.The best comments on the article come from Gerald Nelms, who teaches at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Look … Continue reading Errors in Expectation