My central point is that writing instructors should teach students about the ethical principles of modernity, logos, and academic discourse, and this includes the need to be rational, empirical, impartial, universal, objective, and neutral. In looking at a recent collection of essays on the question of teacher neutrality in the college writing class, we find a growing consensus that not only is neutrality impossible, but it is also counterproductive. One reason why this modern ideal is deemed unacceptable is derived from the notion that only certain groups of people can be seen as being neutral.