In response to Rob, below I'll copy an earlier message that I sent to
Janice. I still stand by it; I think we'd have nothing to lose by
translating the "Comp 101" part of the title into something a little more
general, and doing so might avoid making a couple of
people feel excluded.
I wonder whether the title -- the "Comp 101" part -- might not leave
people from colleges feeling excluded (I tend to associate "Comp 101" with
universities). Indeed, I thought that one of the women at the Caucus said
she was a high school teacher. I think we could get at the same idea --
and the same distinction -- by talking about "general composition" courses
versus WAC or WID courses (though, of course, WAC and WID are terms I
associate with university teaching too).
On Thu, 9 Apr 1998, Dr. Robert K. Irish wrote:
> Regarding the title for the caucus:
> I know I suggested the title, so I'm probably biased, but I think it
> should stand as it is.
> For high school instructors, there is NCTE; "College" is one of the four
> Cs. I don't mean to offend anyone, but if High school folk come to 4Cs
> they know what they are walking into. They come to join our discourse.
> For those who teach 101, I think the whole usefulness of our title is
> that it encourages dialogue between those who do and those who don't. We
> can complicate the issue much more effectively in a roundtable than in a
> Further, we also want to speak to our American Colleagues not create a
> Canadian Caucus ghetto. They understand "comp 101"; heck they obsess
> over it, so by making our title provocative I think we might best
> encourage dialogue among ourselves, and with others.
> Glad to hear people can get in more than once.
> Rob Irish