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I teach a course like this.
On behalf of all intro-English teachers everywhere; I'm so sorry.
We don't usually have much control over what we teach, although your instructor may be an exception.
no reason to be sorry. one day, i'd like to teach...well.. not that course.. but, english. (not the technical sort, as i obviously don't take much time to check over what i write for properness.)
It's an optional class, must have taken first level college transferable eng. 101... but, it can be used to fill a math requirement at some schools.
I think as far as community college classes, they create their own lesson plans, usually based on their own books, or, sometimes, no books. lots of wiggle room.
this particular teacher is actually brilliant, but, she's overly concerned about making sure everyone learns how to "think" and is aware of things like media evil, political bullsh*t, etc.
it's important stuff, and, I see that it is good for some of the class, but, It would be nice if she gave us a bit more credit, and understood that some of us are not mindless comercialized drone-things, etc.
that's a very big problem, here, though. with any english class. you have students on such different levels, you can't really please/teach everyone right.
I teach English 110, which is the intro course. My "course theme" is analyzing consumer culture, so it sounds like I'm teaching more or less the same thing.
I can't wait until I can teach "literature" courses, instead of trying to teach these kids to think for themselves and analyze their observations. It's harder than it sounds! (although I'm sure you're an exception to this :)