THERE IS A WORLD IN NEED BEYOND OUR CLASSROOMS
IT IS TIME FOR A REVIVAL IN COMPOSITION STUDIES

STUDENTS NEED OUR ENCOURAGEMENT, NOT CRITICISM

STUDENTS NEED OUR ENCOURAGEMENT AS THEY VENTURE FORTH AS WRITERS, NOT CRITICISM WHICH ONLY STYMIES THEIR WRITING.  TO GIVE STUDENTS ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WHERE THEY ARE AT AS WRITERS IS TO EMBOLDEN THEM TO PRESS FORWARD WITH THEIR PURPOSES AND VISIONS FOR THEIR WRITING.   WE NEED TO END THE TENDENCY TO CRITICIZE OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE OFTENTIMES ONLY DOING THE BEST THAT THEY CAN DO AT THE STAGE IN THEIR GROWTH AS WRITERS THAT THEY ARE AT.   WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO LAY OUT THEIR VISIONS OF A BETTER WORLD AND EMBOLDEN THEM TO PURSUE THOSE VISIONS.  WE NEED TO LITERALLY GIVE THEM COURAGE TO PURSUE THEIR OWN PURPOSES THROUGH THEIR WRITING, PURPOSES THAT GOD HAS OFTENTIMES PLACED ON THEIR HEARTS.  WE NEED TO RESPECT AND HONOR THEIR VISIONS AND PURPOSES AS THEY CREATIVELY MAP THEM OUT IN THEIR WRITINGS. WE MUST ENCOURAGE -- GIVE STUDENTS COURAGE -- NOT CRITICIZE.   LET US PUT AN END TO CRITICISM IN OUR COMPOSITION COURSES AND ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO BE AS CREATIVE AND PURPOSEFUL AS POSSIBLE WITH THEIR WRITINGS.

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