Friday, August 26, 2005

Change is good

I think my title comes from an Arby's commercial, but, what can I say. I like this idea, originally from Jay Rosen (via Ken Smith at Weblogs in Higher Education). Rosen and colleagues presented a panel at a journalism conference entitled "Things I Used to Teach That I No Longer Believe." I like that. Seems like CCCC might could use a panel or two on that topic. (Double modal: code-switching into my native Texan speech, yes.)

2 comments:

Collin said...

I remember, back in the day, taking a creative writing course from Carol Bly, who had an invention exercise called a Values Listing, or something like that. And one of the questions/prompts was: Name 2 things that, when you were a kid, you thought would be true about the adult world but have since discovered otherwise. I'm sure I'm not remembering the wording correctly, but the basic idea's the same.

How bout this for an idea? Combine this with PostSecret, and ask people in the field, anonymously, to "mail" their grad school selves postcards on the topic, and collect/publish/display them as a performance piece...I'd help pay for booth space to see that...

Ken Smith said...

Donna, thanks for reading my blog. I took freshman composition at Missouri in 1975 and then every poetry class offered there, taught by Larry Levis and Tom McAfee. I remember the magnolia trees blooming on spring evenings near the library...