An Awkward Moment

The Freshpeeps are beginning an assignment in which they are to write a proposal for a memorial of some disaster/atrocity/other unpleasantness — the usual things one memorializes. This is an assignment across all the Comp I sections. Heaven knows there’s no shortage of possible subjects — bad things have always been with us, and remain so to this day.

Now, because this is a proposal, one of the generic criteria for judging its effectiveness will be how appropriate the “solution” is to the problem (however defined). In this particular instance, the question will be how the suggested memorial fits the event it commemorates. As it happens, one of the first examples that came to my mind was the city building in my old home town of Union, KY, which is named for my late father (who had been Union’s mayor for 20 years), and the garden in front, which is named for my late mother, an avid gardener.

I suspect I may find this assignment challenging.

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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3 Responses to An Awkward Moment

  1. Withywindle says:

    Have them read Kipling’s “A Sahib’s War.” Especially the end.

  2. Jeff says:

    Beyond the obvious reasons for your discomfort, I also wonder about the purpose of such an assignment. Is it supposed to be an exercise in real-world/business writing? If so, do either the folks who wrote the curriculum or the profs who’ll be grading the exercise have any experience with writing or evaluating proposals submitted to public agencies or committees?

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