A COMPASSION READER FOR COMPOSITION STUDIES
STUDENTS NEED OUR ENCOURAGEMENT, NOT CRITICISM

THERE IS A WORLD IN NEED BEYOND OUR CLASSROOMS

THERE IS A WORLD IN NEED BEYOND OUR CLASSROOMS, AND THAT WORLD NEEDS OUR LOVE AND ASSISTANCE, WITH WHATEVER GIFTS WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY GOD, INCLUDING THE GIFT OF WRITING.  WE CAN TEACH OUR STUDENTS ABOUT SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE LARGER WORLD AND REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD AROUND THEM WITH COMPASSION, CARE AND LOVE.   COMPOSITION STUDIES IS A SERVICE PROFESSION, AND IT IS TIME THAT WE BROADEN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THAT SERVICE TO THE WORLD LOOKS LIKE.  WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO NOT JUST BE OF SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITIES' LIMITED UNDERSTANDING OF WRITING BUT RATHER TO BE OF SERVICE TO THE STUDENTS, AS HUMANS IN NEED, AND THE NEEDS OF THE LARGER WORLD, INCLUSIVE OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE LIVE IN AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSITY. THERE IS A WORLD IN DESPERATE NEED OF OUR WRITING AND TEACHING GIFTS, AND WE SHOULD NOT RESERVE THOSE GIFTS FOR THE UNIVERSITIES' LIMITED VIEWS OF OUR WORK.  WRITING AND TEACHING ARE GIFTS FROM GOD THAT ARE TO BE PUT INTO SERVICE FOR ALL OF HUMANITY, SO IT IS TIME THAT WE BROADEN OUR VISION OF THE WORK THAT WE DO IN COMPOSITION COURSES AND OUTSIDE OF THOSE COURSES.  

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