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Taking the Racism Out of Teaching English Writing

October 12, 2022 - 2:12 pm


KBCS highlights a progressive approach to teaching college writing classes. A method of teaching college level writing titled Anti-racist Writing Assessment Ecology was adopted by 62 faculty at 30 out of the 34 Washington community college and technical colleges (at the time we were working on this story).  The methodology is meant to address and minimize what some educators are considering a culturally colonized education environment.

Dr. Asao Inoue is a Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. He developed the Anti-racist Writing Assessment Ecology and wrote the book, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity. Dr. Inoue talked about the approach and what inspired him to create it.

KBCS also interviewed Tish Lopez, an Anti-racist Scholar, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Co-Lead in anti-racist curriculum and a tenured English faculty member at South Seattle Community College. 

Lopez has been using the anti-racist writing assessment ecology since 2019.  She shares some of her experiences in learning how to write in academia and what she’s observed while working with the Anti-racist Writing Assessment Ecology approach in her classrooms.

Producers: Jesse Callahan and Yuko Kodama