Read and annotate: Mike Rose’s “The Politics of Remediation” Chapter 14 in the book and/or using this digital copy to insert comments into isn’t quite the same section like the one in the book): The Politics of Remediation (This is a shortened version of what is in Chapter 14). Read more about Mike Rose’s philosophy, check out his blog, or Chapter 15 in the book. I saw in Discussion Forum 1 that you were reading about the authors that you are using—keep that up! Also, explain a bit about them in your papers (I did not see much of this in the Mini-synthesis rough drafts).
It is good to get to know the authors’ worldview and the context of their writings and you might find other issues/articles that you could use later on. As you read: Notice how Rose writes about individual student problems in the opening pages, then later how he writes about five overlapping problems that he set up with the student stories. Look for and try to determine the five overlapping problems. Also, think about what Rose might have left out—looking for a gap or something the authors left out is a way to “move… toward some standard of critical analysis” which Barry Alford, who you will hear from later, values (Alford 116). This is also your way of joining the conversation.
In your annotations: look for learning problems that hinder the students he talks about. Try to focus on learning and the issues of the students, not just on the educational system or what is wrong with it, ok? Some of the problems are because of it, but in later writing, we are studying people, not the system, which will be fun for those of you in psychology (we have a lot this semester) and could also be a way to analyze your own thinking issues. As you read, try to make connections to your own experience, interact with Rose’s ideas, ask questions, learn something new, look things up, etc. For more information on Politics of Remediation check: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmental_remediation