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Students' Reasons for Being There

Students' Reasons for Being There

The single greatest change is in the way one must work with writers whose reasons for attending have changed so much.

In the late '80s and early '90s, students still came to school for social reasons--to become different people. Now all education is translated into/equated to dollar value. With the disappearance of education’s intellectual value, students who used to be thrilled to learn to be writers now want to be done with the writing course.

In the '80s, the writing process was a wondrous salvation from the tyranny of current-traditionalism; now it just makes students' eyes roll with impatience and is too often perceived as remediation.

Scott Russell
Flint, Michigan
23 years coordinating the Writing Center

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