Reading Discussion Shannon Carter & Deborah Brandt

"Critical perspectives still very much guide the pedagogy of rhetorical dexterity in its commitment to social justice, but I am also leery of any project that imposes my personal, liberal political agenda onto my students" (p. 59). Do you think Shannon Carter manages that?

  • If you are an educator, you must put your personal spin on the process. You teaching philosophy is representative of this.
  • She makes a conscious effort to mitigate any alienation that occurs; however, it is impossible to please all observers, and there will be some conflict involved in the process.


  • "critical consciousness"
    • a social consciousness that requires that people be an active participant in their own literacy
  • "power"
    • coercion-obvious control through manipulation
    • persuasion-passing on the idea of "truth" to justify actions
    • authority-based in persuasion...resembles coercion
  • "autonomous literacy"
    • the reader's job is to decode the authors writing, which is composed of symbols, which represent the world
    • based on the writer's perception of the world
  • "false consciousness"
    • the matrix

On p. 43, Carter writes, "a conflict that ultimately led me to rethink this approach and the practical consequences of a critical pedagogy" --what is the conflict & where does she end up?