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Letter to David Brooks in response to NYT Editorial

Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:

Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. I’d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.

I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the “bottom half”to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.

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