Being Used to the “Best” of Your Abilities

“What does it mean to be used to ‘the best’ of one’s abilities?

“On the one hand, I’ve declared that “everyone” should teach first-year writing, and I tell my students that English 110 is the “most important” course they’ll ever take.

“Under these sincerely held beliefs, there is no higher calling than teaching first-year writing.

“On the other hand, inside of higher education, the teachers of freshman composition are widely viewed as fungible. Many less fortunate than me are tasked to doing it for far less than a living wage.

“Can I continue to believe in my own value as the broader culture gives the side eye to the work I’m asked to do?

John Warner, IHE

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