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Responsible Citizenship in a Global Environment

By: Jacqueline Jones Royster
Date: April 3, 2009

Summary: In her keynote speech at the 2009 NWP Spring Meeting, Jacqueline Jones Royster, professor of English at The Ohio State University, discusses how teachers have the responsibility of being agents and enablers of both stability and change.

 

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Jacqueline Jones Royster speaks at the 2009 NWP Spring Meeting.

. . . As a human invention, language is available to all—existing for use by anyone who has the vision, will, and courage to use it conscientiously. As English / language arts teachers, if we do our jobs well, then all of our students might come to understand such things and come to perform as language users comfortably, confidently, and respectfully in light of this knowledge. This is the business that we are in, but how do we find standpoints that permit us to operate with the level of flexibility and resiliency that we need to in order to address the broad range of classroom mandates that teachers must meet?

For more, read NWP's profile of Jacqueline Jones Royster and view highlights from the 2009 NWP Spring Meeting.

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