Re: Seeking advice on English MA

Subject: Re: Seeking advice on English MA
From: "Scott Holstad" <SHolstad -at- ci -dot- knoxville -dot- tn -dot- us>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 13:25:10 -0400


Scott C. Holstad
Technical Writer
City of Knoxville
sholstad -at- ci -dot- knoxville -dot- tn -dot- us

>>> Elna Tymes <etymes -at- lts -dot- com> 04/18 5:52 PM >>>


That said, however, advanced degrees tend to tell me two things: (1) the person is capable of independent research, and (2) the person is capable of communicating the results of that independent research in sufficiently clear form to pass scrutiny by a thesis review committee. And that has some valuable to me and my firm.

With all due respect, I disagree. When I was in grad school, I worked in the Writing Lab and as an English instructor. In both cases, I had grad students from other disciplines in my lab/class. I can't tell you how many times I encountered people who had no concept of sentence boundaries, and that's for starters. It was extremely discouraging. I was hired by another department to work with MS students on their thesis efforts. One student had to undergo 32 revisions and was finally given approval by the committee only because they wanted him out of there. (He was ex-military, I believe....)

I only write this because I think your anti-English bias is wrong and your assumption that students in other disciplines with advanced degrees can automatically communicate "sufficiently" is faulty.

My two or three cents....



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