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


About caesarc2019

Cheryl Caesar lived in Paris, Tuscany and Sligo for 25 years; she earned her doctorate in comparative literature at the Sorbonne and taught literature and phonetics. She now teaches writing at Michigan State University. She gives readings locally and has published poems in Writers Resist and The Mark Literary Review; and Poetry Leaves, The Trinity Review, The Mojave River Review and Total Eclipse (forthcoming).
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