The title of this week's Discussion Board post is misleading, but only a little. You may not know this, but Bridgewater is the third oldest Normal school in the country, and the only one still in operation in its original location. BSU was founded by Horace Mann in 1840 as a "normal" school--or a school that was not a university. Normal schools were Mann's idea for how to train the vast number of teachers that the new fangled-idea of public schools very much needed. Back then, BSU was known as The State Normal School at Bridgewater.
In the field of Composition and Rhetoric, the standard History (capital "H")--that you read some of last week and will read about (again) in the Crowley reading from this week--identifies Adam Sherman Hill Class A at Harvard as the start of what we have come to know as Composition, and that's not wrong; however, the Fitzgerald reading for this week suggests an alternate way to consider the history of literacy instruction that stems from the Normal School curriculum--and, thus, one that stems from K-12 education.
For this week's Reading Response: remember the central purpose of the Reading Response assignment: What is the central argument or arguments you can trace through the readings for this week? But, as you do this, react to this idea: What is the relationship between K-12 education and First Year Writing, commonly acronym as FYW or FYC (for Composition)? What does the relationship seem to be, historically, and what kind of unicorn, fantasy, perfect world relationship could there be?
As you write, consider your own experiences in first year writing classes--if you had them.
NOTE: I realize that this question seems to ignore the Asao Inoue reading for this week, and please feel free to write about that introduction too. I know that it might be the thing many of you are more interested in writing about. But because you will have the chance to write extensively about Inoue in the coming weeks, I wanted to give us a chance to close out our discussions that attempt to position the field of Composition and Rhetoric historically--both in the University and in the wider world.