[Milton-L] What have we become?
Neil.Forsyth at unil.ch
Wed Apr 18 15:32:17 EDT 2007
I'm sorry that Raymond Williams seems merely irrelevant. I was a keen
follower of his lectures at Cambridge, enjoyed his ability to talk
precisely to the subject without notes (and the subject would be
amtters like women chaining selves to railings) and am grateful for
the sense that the literature we read with him always had some role
in the world outside that i always felt i lived in even if some my
fellows didn't. His novels connect his teaching and criticism with
the world of Welsh social struggle, particularly the railways, that
he emerged from and wanted still to foster. It is certainly not
cartoon nonsense, at least in the English context.
Respect? It surely has to be earned by every teacher in every
generation. In my experience students are hungry for the kind of
trusted guidance we can offer. But I'm typing this with a splendid
football match in the background so may have missed something.
> > Carol Barton wrote:
>> In the last thirty years, I have seen the professoriate degraded from
>> role-models held (deservedly) in the highest esteem to service
>> personnel respected by almost no one--especially not by many of their
>> students, or the parents of those individuals. Students have been
>> transmogrified from scholars grateful for the opportunity even to be
>> failed by such respected members of the community to consumers who
>> believe that because they pay tuition, they are entitled to the grade
>> of their choice (whether or not it reflects the quality of the work
>> they have done).
>I suggest you read Chapters 1 & 2 of Raymond Williams, _The Country and
>the City_. This sort of good-old-days nonsense belongs in a cartoon of
>tobacco-spitting beareded oldsters sitting in front of a general store.
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