How to Improve the Teaching of Writing

Michael Umphrey, Weblog, Dec 14, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm in general agreement with this post, both in the observation that the quality of writing in the teaching profession may be a problem, and also in the specific suggestions for its improvement in teachers and students. I am no formalist, goodness knows, but I do believe that there are good reasons for good writing, and that there are ways to become a better writer. Clarity and precision - whether in writing, art or athletics - are virtues, because they help you obtain your objectives. The principles of writing are intended, in the first instance, to foster clarity and precision.
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