JoAnne Podis and Leonard Podis have a pretty good article in the recent College English about in loco parentis. Overall I found it pretty interesting (and it made me think a bit about how I structure assignments and reflect more on the feedback I give students, as well as how I relate to them). But in particular, at this moment, I’m thinking about this passage:
Moreover, it is difficult to put student writers in real rhetorical situations because of the inverted authority of reader and writer that is so typical in English studies, whereby the teacher-reader has greater authority on the subject of the paper than does the student-writer. (130)
This is something I’ve been struggling with, especially in regards to the ideas in my thesis and my desires to, in the words of Collin Brooke, have a classroom with a system of “intelligent agents,” a “centrifugal” system in which students, as writers and producers of knowledge, circulate their writing outward from the classroom.
Brooke, Collin. â€œWeblogs as Deictic Systems: Centripetal, Centrifugal, and Small-World Blogging.â€ Computers and Composition Online (Fall 2005). 28 May 2007 http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/brooke/brooke.htm.
Podis, JoAnne, and Leonard Podis. “Pedagogical In Loco Parentis: Reflecting on Power and Parental Authority in the Writing Classroom.” College English 70.2 (November 2007): 121-143.