SEAN DICKEY, Advanced Writing Student: Guest Post

Literacy Lessons

Earlier, as part of his Literacy Project, my Advanced Writing student, Sean Dickey posted about accidentally discovering his life’s passion and adjusting his academic and career goals accordingly. Today, he is addressing the current status quo.

The Deep Divide

I had originally intended to write about something a little more benign like the acquisition of a stray cat who has become my own. But between the recent shootings in religious institutions and the bombs sent to political figures, I felt inspired to write about these events. Mrs. Longest asked me not to write on controversial topics for her blog, but she has placed her trust in me to handle this topic with decorum. I also have to attribute some of my inspiration to Dr. Cherry, my sociology professor. His words resonated with me, and I will be sure to give credit where credit is due in the course of this…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 28th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

5 thoughts on “SEAN DICKEY, Advanced Writing Student: Guest Post”

  1. What an important and profound point you make, Sean. Interestingly, I was watching a documentary about a contravertial social trend in this country that is causing a lot of concern – and because of the mutual anger and hostility between opposing factions, it couldn’t even be discussed in a coherent, civilised manner to even get surrounding possible problems acknowledged – never mind talked about. It really bothers me that people seem increasingly to splinter into tribes and never want to hear anyone else’s views except those that echo their own.

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      1. While I’m a real advocate of the positive effects of much of my social media experience, I am becomingly increasingly concerned that we do tend to divide off into our own tribes and spend most of our time interacting with like-minded people. So when youngsters encounter other ideas and thoughts from those they agree with, they don’t seem able to engage appropriately with them…

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  2. Hmmmmm. Thought-provoking. I had an exceptional group this semester with Sean’s class. The whole class interacted with each other, and surprisingly enough, they are so into being serious about getting a degree, seeing it as a requirement for future jobs or advancing in the career they are already working in etc., they say they don’t have much time for social browsing, but keep in touch with family and job opportunities (if they’re looking.) My students are juniors and seniors only and they are already into internships etc. or are publishing under independent study, or are about to enroll in grad level courses. I wouldn’t want to be at that stage of my life for anything. When I was that age, I kind of just sat back and rejoiced at whatever fell in my lap. They are proactive and seem to run their lives by this stage.

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  3. P.S. I had about 10 different major fields in the class and about 5 or 6 different levels of writing skills. Everyone at least improved and some came in writing well already. We seemed to accept all opinions, and many said they had planned to write their arguments a certain way, but changed their mind in the process. I was lucky, I didn’t have to agree or not on a topic, all I had to do was judge their writing and argument skills.

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