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  1. Aug 2021
    1. Finally, there have been unrealistic demands placed on FYC instructors charged with preparing students to conduct research and write in all disciplines. Many people, among them univer-sity faculty outside of composition, tend to expect FYC—in the course of just one or two semesters—to remake students into writ-ers capable of conducting research and writing for their chosen fields of study.

      This branches off of the previous excerpt I had made an annotation on along with the point that is being conveyed. While we students complain about the expectations placed on us that we believe are unfair, we forget to consider that our instructors are also burdened with their own conditions placed on them. This excerpt just gives an example of one of these while also relating it to a complaint students themselves would have when trying to denounce the course itself.

    2. As teachers understandably grew fearful about losing their jobs because of low test scores, they devoted class time to preparing students for the tests rather than developing prac-tices that would have helped students improve as readers and writ-ers. Standardized tests often rely on multiple-choice responses that neither allow for complexity of thought nor invite students to draw connections between the text under consideration and their own experiences.

      While processing this part of the text, I noticed a parallel to what a student mentioned in class on how they view grading systems and what they promote. This sentiment can be shared by many, including myself, but we students forget to take into account how our professors may share this belief too.

    3. but those same teachers frequently fail to assume respon-sibility for teaching students how to read. This often manifests itself in teaching only surface-level reading strategies in K–12 such as skimming and reading for the gist, and in cries of, “They should know this stuff before they get here!” at the university level. This abdication of responsibility has far-reaching effects for students

      Three years ago, I had an instructor that taught us an improper usage of grammar which caused us to have to spend a chunk of the next year unlearning what we were taught. Furthermore I have also experienced times when an instructor told me "you'll learn this next year" and then was told "you were probably taught this last year" the year after.