TAs criticize format change for
English 125, cite loss of control
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Women in Action forms
coalition of area roups
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"Sometimes the criticisms are not
really constructive," said the TA.
"The ECB lecturer might tell the TA
he should stand up instead of sit
down when he is lecturing."
Although Van't Hul admitted that
several TAs have written him notes
criticizing the courses, he said such
responses are inherent in any
English composition program.
"SOME TAS are uneasy with any
direction at all," he explained.
"When I give advice, or a dictatorial
fiat, or whatever you want to call it,
it will meet with resistance and
disagreement from someone. It
would be a cemetery if someone
didn't express some disagreement."
"It has nothing to do with the
leadership of the program," said
another TA who wished to remain
anonymous. "But for some, the
problem is unlivable. The English
composition courses have a
capitalist thrust which gears studen-
ts towards owning two cars and
holding down an executive
"It fails to teach students to find
themselves and their own thoughts,"
he continued, "and some people are
disturbed about that."
ONE FIRST-YEAR TA in the
department said some teachers
have found difficulties with the
syllabus and the controls placed
upon their teaching ideas, but that,
in general, the TA said he has found
the program relatively successful.
"I think first-year TAs really don't
have the ability to make evaluations
about the program," he said. "They
may be too quick to criticize the
format - my experience has been a
Brick said he sees the revisions in
the program as part of a change oc-
curring throughout the country.
"It's an attempt on the part of
administrators to turn back the
gains made towards freedom in the
classroom," he stated. "It's part of a
broad effort to regain control of
students and teachers."
"There are a good number of
students that are distressed about
it,'' said Brick.
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meeting, Women In Action decided to
sponsor educational workshops in
mid-March for a one-day teach-in with
speakers, movies, and group presen-
ALSO IN THE planning stage is a
four-day fall teach-in which would
present women's issues on a local,
national, and international level.
''Women are ignorant of services
available in Ann Arbor," said co-
founder Pat Phillips. "We've found the
need for groups to be more visible."
Phillips said that the group wants to
invite a keynote speaker such as Bella
Abzug, as well as showing the film
"With Babies and Banners," a tribute
to women in the 1936 General Motors
THE GROUP also plans to set up a
table on campus to provide literature
on groups and sign-ups.
Co-founder Cathy Keresztesi said the
group also,. would like to update a han-
dbook for freshpersons and transfer
students which would be available at
various campus locations.
"Women could easily get turned off
lookirig for information," said Keresz-
tesi, who explained that information is
necessary for greater participation.
Groups expressing interest in Women
in Action include the Lesbian Advocate
Office, the Women's Studies Program,
National Organization of Women
Planned Parenthood, and the Women's
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