So far in this course, we have had several readings related to education (Republicans are terrified of educated, curious, open minds, How Agassiz Taught Professor Scudder, and Graffiti punished by reading - 'It worked!' says prosecutor). You should have figured out by now that your instructor has several underlying attitudes toward education:
- The educated person should always be open to learning new truth, even if that means leaving old favorite ideas.
- Sometimes what you thought you knew turns out to be wrong. (Professor Agassiz devoted an enormous amount of work to a system of classifying animals, but his system just doesn't work.)
- Uncomfortable truths are still true.
- Truth and knowledge are not inherently political or racial—what's true for a Democrat is also true for a Republican, and what's true for a White person is also true for a Black person.
Begin by reading:
The writing assignment:
Both articles refer to the "whitewashing of history." What does this mean? Think of the history you know. Is it "whitewashed"? Using examples drawn from school, books, and/or television, explain why you think the history you learned is or is not whitewashed.
- The final product will be typed and double-spaced according to MLA format.
- The essay will be at least 1650 words long. (That's about 5 pages in standard format.)
- This essay will have in-text citations and a Works Cited page and will refer to at least two outside sources.
- If the paper does not meet the minimum length requirement, it will be penalized. If you can't think up enough material for 5 pages, ask for help! Go to the Writing Lab! Ask the instructor for advice!
- The final copy of the paper will be submitted through the Blackboard drop box.
- Peer Editing: Monday, November 15, 2021
- Reverse Outline Exercise: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
- Final Copy Due: Friday, November 19, 2021
This essay is worth 125 points.