The Vocation of a Teacher (Magill's Literary Annual 1990)
In The Vocation of a Teacher: Rhetorical Occasions 19674988, Wayne C. Booth collects seventeen public speeches, one essay, and a set of journal entries illustrating his work as an English teacher at the University of Chicago. All of these pieces are passionately concerned with the functions of English and of rhetoric in educational institutions, in American society, and in the modern world. He divides these pieces according to the audiences addressed. “To Students and Teachers Under Siege” includes five pieces presented to current and future English teachers in the context of recent indictments of American education. “To Our Various ’Publics”’ contains three speeches to nonteachers interested in American education. “To Assemblies of More or Less Restless Learners” includes four speeches to college and university students. “To Himself—And to Those He Tries to Teach” is a set of journal entries illustrating the day-to-day work of an English teacher. “Ceremonies” contains five speeches upon special occasions, and the epilogue reprints Booth’s 1987 Ryerson Lecture, “The Idea of a University—as Seen by a Rhetorician.” In his preface, Booth announces that his collection is in part a response to the widely publicized critiques of American education of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Though E. D. Hirsch, Allan Bloom, William Bennett, and others have been well-meaning in their diagnoses and prescriptions, Booth believes that they have...
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