Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: Childhood Trauma Affects School Performance

My questions: Has the ACE Study been addressed by and incorporated into Trauma theory? How can creative writing classrooms recognize and address the results of childhood trauma without exacerbating the situation for at-risk students? Can the medical epidemiology used in the ACE study be used to determine what “counts” as trauma? Does the quantification of…

The Pathology of “they can’t write”

In creative writing, I’ve heard the phrase “writing can’t be taught” so many times.  But the concurrent rhetorics of “talent” only serve to justify why some writers get published and others don’t.  This also undermines any attempts at accountability and “best practices” for teaching creative writing.  It places a “failure to succeed” right on the…

Westmont College Scanning Brains

Disturbing news from The Chronicle: Westmont College will be using headsets to measure electrical activity in students’ brains, attempting to measure “growth” through the college experience.  This is exactly the kind of “research” that disturbs me: no control groups, no prior proof-of-concept with the theory, and a clear conflict of interest.  This isn’t science –…

Writing Program Assessment

Back in Spring 2012, I was one of the instructors who took part in the ISU Writing Program’s program-wide assessment.  (Here’s a link to the PDF Report, in case the blog article moves.)  It was a pretty in-depth look at the program, so I’m sharing the link to it here.  It’s a walk down memory…