Ever since Horace Mann promoted state supported schooling in the
1850s, the aims of U.S. public education have been the subject of
heated national debate. Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations?
joins this debate by exploring clashing educational aims in a
discipline-based university classroom and the consequences of these
clashes for "underprepared" writers.
In this close-up look at a White middle-class teacher and his
ethnically diverse students, Fishman and McCarthy examine not only
the role of Standard English in college writing instruction but
also the underlying and highly charged issues of multiculturalism,
race cognizance, and social class.
Subjects: Language & Literature, Linguistics, Education
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