There are plenty of good reasons to examine how writing is taught in schools; however, this week, an article looked at how it probably shouldn’t be taught.
Also, a teenager writes about the value of writing outside the classroom, MAD magazine is celebrating a birthday, Google n-gram improves, and a look at the origins of the word “sketchy.”
More on the writing revolution: A few weeks ago, The Atlantic began a series of articles and essays about why American students can’t write. The root article explored a high school in New York that turned itself around by focusing on writing in all classes. That article’s author wrote a follow-up piece urging other schools to follow the example. Too often, she said, schools rely on creative writing classes as the only necessary writing instruction: “The assumption, it seems, is that coherent sentences spill from children as easily as tears or laughter, as long as teachers are nurturing and provide a safe space.” Instead, schools should do what New Dorp High School is doing by teaching kids to articulate thoughts through writing about any subject, according to the author.
A Teenager’s Take on The Importance of Writing: Reminding us that writing can aid learning in school or in life, the Learning Network blog at The New York Times featured a post from a teenager in a foster home, and how writing has helped him cope with loss. Also a good lesson on dedication—”three pages every night before I go to bed.”