Thursday, 28 June 2012

Talk to Me - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Talk to Me - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education:

"Few students are as frustrating to a teacher as those who are bright, literate, and interested—but who don't utter a word in class. I was such a student myself.

There are undoubtedly many reasons for muteness. For me, the major factor was background. I grew up in a semiheated trailer in rural southwest Virginia, not benefiting from niceties like dentistry. I was accepted into the University of Virginia no doubt as a gesture toward the rural poor, but I was wildly out of place. I couldn't dress the way my classmates did, and my cracker accent was embarrassing. I put myself through college, helped by small scholarships but mostly by working construction jobs and (for one year) the 4 a.m. shift in an auto-parts factory.

I felt out of place. I was out of place. I hated "
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