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Politics in the Classroom?

posted: 9.13.12 by Andrea Lunsford

Observing the Republican and Democratic conventions has led me to think about the degree to which politics enters my classroom.  MLA held an entire conference on this question during the “culture wars,” and I remember giving a talk that attempted to sum up the sense of the meeting.  As I recall, while there was great disagreement—some were profound supporters of professorial activism; others determinedly against such actions—the consensus was that classrooms are political spaces in some sense:  the question is whether the teacher proselytizes or whether she and her class interrogate all sides of issues, as in rhetorical analysis.

A good and longtime friend and colleague, a staunch Republican who has gotten more and more conservative over the years, tells me that his students have no idea what his politics are.  In fact, he says, if they venture to discuss the issue at all they assume he is liberal-leaning.  But I wonder.  He is prone to use examples in his teaching that have very right-leaning views along with those that in some way criticize left wingers.  So I wonder whether his students may not read between the lines and be perfectly aware of his politics—even if they don’t say so to him. [read more]

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Teaching Through the 2012 Federal Election: An Annotated Bibliography

posted: 7.23.12 by archived

As a rhetorician, I can’t help but get a little bit excited about the idea of teaching writing during a presidential election. In the past, I have organized assignments around debates, commercials, fact-checking, and all kinds of other election-based nerdery. In this post, I just want to share a few resources for people who, like me, may be planning now to teach an election-based class or assignment this fall.

The excellent article “Palin/Pathos/Peter Griffin: Political Video Remix and Composition Pedagogy” presents case studies of three student “political video remixes”—this was an assignment the authors used in a class on political rhetoric and new media.” The authors do a great job showing how and why such an assignment works. If this project interests you, look at this similar article on the “Vote Different” campaign from the 2008 election, or this article on political video mashups before YouTube [read more]

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