Who Owns School?
Authority, Students, and Online Discourse

by Kelly Ritter

New Dimensions in Computers and Composition Series
eds. Cynthia Selfe and Gail Hawisher
Hampton Press, 2010

Reviewed by Rita Malenczyk
Director, University Writing Program and Writing Center
Eastern Connecticut State University


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What happens when a teacher does try to co-opt the Pink Monkey website by starting her own discussion with her students, in one thread quoted by Ritter, is flat-out embarrassing in its cluelessness: the students immediately abandon their own agency in the interest of pleasing the teacher, and submit nothing but “correct answers” which the teacher rewards with chirpy affirmations (pp. 70-72). (back)