Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:
Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. Iâ€™d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.
I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the â€œbottom halfâ€to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.