Stanley Fish, dean emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Stanley Fish has contributed an opinion editorial in todayâ€™s New York Times titled â€œDevoid of Content.â€ As a professor who teaches Greek and hermeneutics to undergraduate students and who has graded many papers, I have observed the same thing that that Fish has. Too many students are â€œutterly unable to write a clear and coherent English sentence . . . Students can’t write clean English sentences because they are not being taught what sentences are.â€ Though I am in substantial disagreement with Fish over hermeneutical theory (he is a reader-response critic), his analysis of the literacy crisis and the remedy in his pedagogy are brilliant. For the few language buffs and teachers who read this blog, I recommend that you read â€œDevoid of Content.â€
Source: Stanley Fish, â€œDevoid of Content,â€ The New York Times, May 31, 2005.